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On June 12th 1930, Anton organised a meeting with fellow teachers and principals who were concerned about the many students living in the barges along the Yarra and in huts around the Dudley Flat tip.
At the conclusion of this meeting, the State Schools’ Relief committee was formed to undertake any relief possible for Victorian students.
State Schools’ Relief coordinated the provision of practical help like giving clothes, shoes and food to disadvantaged students who needed it in order to continue their education without these concerns forming educational barriers.
The wide-spread job loss and hunger of the Great Depression observed in the early days of State Schools’ Relief is no longer relevant, and we have entered the 21st century of technology and opportunity. Yet, the difficulties of poverty, neglect, family illness, abuse, homelessness and natural disasters continue to affect too many families.
Today, our program is still donation based with many donations still being received from schools themselves – the philosophy of “from children to children” resonates as much as it always has. In addition to school donations, more recently we’ve been the recipients of the generosity of corporate sponsors, individual donors and of the Victorian Government.
Since 1930, successive governments have provided operational costs.
It would be almost impossible to find a Victorian state school, no matter how prosperous, which has not had at least one pupil who has received assistance at one time or another and it is unlikely that a school has been so disadvantaged that it has never forwarded a donation to help others worse off than its own pupils.