Where You Can Donate Your Child's Left-Over Pencils From School
I have had the pleasure of meeting via Cazinc’s chief networker and Footys 4 All founding director, Michael Gallus, another legend Cindy Rochstein, the founder of "The Pencils Community." I love Cindy's concept with the charity and how it helps so many in need. Below are their story and details on where you can send this year’s used pencil case and stationery items, rather than tossing them in the bin.
Here is the journey in Cindy’s words.
The Unexpected Beginning
Before me was my daughter’s very messy grade one desk, covered in an array of stationery items. In typical six-year-old interior designer style, glitter dusted every surface, was sprinkled through the drawers and had even settled into the floorboard gaps. “How is it possible that we end up with our own newsagency?” I mumbled under my breath as I looked at the colourful items which were way more than what one child could ever use. One by one, I tossed the unused and discarded items into a large box. In a matter of minutes, it was half full with enough stationary to fill six shoeboxes with pencils, pens, crayons and more.
This is how Pencils Community began; a clean-up at home, a Facebook message to my friends and suddenly a charity was born. Over the years our charity has evolved from hobby status to a registered Australian charity and social enterprise that takes your new, used and discarded pencils, re-bundles them and gives them to children in need both in Australia and around the globe, with children in 27 countries helped so far. Our ethos is to help children colour their world and we support education, sustainability and humanitarian issues.
We are not funded and rely solely on volunteers and donations, with active community members and groups to help distribute the items. However, we especially love collaborating with other small charities working at the grass-roots levels, forming a stronger voice as we come togetherto make even greater change. We now work in conjunction with SANCSS Australia who now effectively assist in getting our pencils out to those most in need.
While our Pencils now travel out through the projects that SANCSS entails, the Pencils Community still exists as a platform for effective change. The other charities we work with may run different projects and have different purposes, but we unite together for a stronger mission to supporting those in need by creating change through education and awareness.
So, at the end of this school year and in January, if you are a parent sorting out your children’s pencil cases and stationery items, please remember that there is a home for most of your pre-loved, but still in good condition and usable, items. Colour pencils, grey leads, pencil cases, erasers, sharpeners, rulers and exercise books are needed. Please note that only brand new textas and pens will be accepted as they don’t go the distance if they are already pre-loved.
My book, Humanitarian Rockstars, is about the journey of Pencils Community and features the other amazing charities we work with. Proceeds from the sale of the book go back into the charity and projects we run.
For all enquiries, please email Cindy Rochstein at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For all Pencil collections/deliveries please email Jaime Ramos (SANCSS Australia) at Jaime.email@example.com
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