The idea for this project originated in 2006 when it was observed that many children attending the Breakfast Programs at various Primary Schools were not appropriately dressed in winter.  Some came to school wet and cold because they did not have a jacket. Many were dressed in just shorts/skirt and a t-shirt, as all they had was the summer version of the school uniform. School attendance was affected because of sickness or embarrassment.

Manna began with one school and now provides over 1,000 students each year with a Winter School Uniform pack.

The first year, Manna approached a major shoe company who generously supplied 168 pairs of shoes. And socks were either purchased or sourced from other donors.   They were then distributed, with the help of the staff into the relevant schools, to the children who were from disadvantaged families.

This was so successful that it was noted that in many cases attendance increased in those schools.  But! There were still children in need of warm winter clothing.

Many schools have a set uniform policy and disadvantaged children suffer if their family cannot afford to buy the appropriate uniform.    In many instances these children are ostracised by their peers and other parents for looking different, especially if they turn up to school in street clothes.


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The Winter School Uniform Pack consist of a school tracksuit and a parka from a local manufacturer.

The tracksuits are purchased directly from the school’s uniform shop to ensure that the children have exactly the same as their peers, and to build a sense of pride for their school at the same time.   The Parkas/jackets are hooded, and long enough to cover their bottoms so they are kept dry as they walk to school.

Manna liaises directly with the school and the children are nominated by a Teacher, Chaplain, an AIEO or Principal and/or Deputy as they know the students circumstances best.  All children in ‘need’ are considered.

The Winter School Uniform packs are distributed throughout the schools just as the winter months are setting in.

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This year, Manna has experienced a long, hard winter with increasing numbers of families requiring our already exhausted services. To help Manna to continue to help those in need, …

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