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School Savvy

What is School Savvy NQ? 

School Savvy NQ is an annual back to school resources initiative aimed at children and families who are struggling financially to afford back-to-school needs as well as a one-stop shop for families wanting to purchase preloved.

Pre-loved uniforms and basic stationery supplies are made available to purchase at a pop up store located within the region. These items are provided at very little cost, with prices generally ranging between one to five dollars. All funds raised go back into the program to purchase more school supplies that are needed. A pop up shop or pop up event will happen in January each year in Townsville, Burdekin, Cloncurry and Mount Isa.

Some of the things you can do to support School Savvy NQ

First of all, we would LOVE for you to like and share our Facebook updates!
The more community members that share information about School Savvy the more families we can reach.

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Donate pre-loved uniforms

You can get involved by donating any pre-loved and new uniforms and school supplies that are in good condition to any one of several donation locations including Centacare NQ, during business hours or at your local Vinnies shop in the specially marked School Savvy bins located instore.

Donating Money

Donations of cash can be received at the Centacare NQ office on 410 Ross River Road or you can make a donation pledge at the bottom of this page. All $ donations will go towards the purchase of new supplies or uniforms for those most in need. As we rely on uniform donations sometimes our most sought after school uniforms are limited in stock or sizes.

Volunteering with School Savvy

We are always looking for volunteers at Centacare NQ. Working with the School Savvy NQ team allows you to volunteer your time for a great community cause and also gain some experience working in a retail environment.

Please call for more information: 1300 672 273

Business Partnership & Sponsorship 

Would you like to support or sponsor School Savvy NQ as a business? Can you donate services or items suitable for back-to-school such as haircuts, fruit, lunchboxes, shoes or even school bags? Can you promote a School Savvy collection day? Contact us to request a partnership proposal or chat about how your business could collaborate with us to support School Savvy NQ in 2023/24.

Email or call us on 1300 672 273

Collect cans throughout the year 

Turn your empties into school supplies for local kids, by using our code at a Containers for Change site near you.
Scheme ID: C10285779


Townsville / Burdekin / Cloncurry / Mount Isa

Pre-loved uniforms will be accepted at a range of locations across the region from October 2023.


Townsville / Burdekin / Cloncurry / Mount Isa

Pop-Up shops and Pop-Up events will be in January 2024. Check back in closer for more details.

School Savvy NQ made possible with support from our partners:


Thank you for your support

Donations of cash can be received at Centacare NQ, 410 Ross River Road or you can make a donation pledge at the bottom of this page.

All $ donations will go towards the purchase of new supplies to be donated to the pop-up shops.

You can specify which School Savvy NQ location (Townsville, Burdekin, Cloncurry, Mount Isa) you would like to support or if not indicated, the funds will go to where they are needed most.


Make a Donation

(No money will be taken online)

Centacare NQ Services Guide

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