Our founders, Ali and Jan Schutt, attended the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Trust morning tea on Thursday 1 September at which it was announced Stationery Aid were general grant recipients.

The Lord Mayor’s Charitable Trust has been caring for the Brisbane community since the 1950s. Through critical grants and support to local and grassroots charities like Stationery Aid, they help people dealing with Brisbane’s biggest social challenges.

We are so incredibly grateful for the funding as it allows Stationery Aid to purchase those education resources we are in short supply of such as text books, scientific calculators and USBs.

With all the amazing support we have year this year means we are well on our way to reaching our goal of providing 400 students with essential education resources to fill their booklist in 2023.

Stationery Aid has been selected as a finalist in the 2022 Moreton Bay Business & Innovation Awards for the SRJ Walker Wayland Not-For-Profit Excellence Award.

As a start-up charity and community-based initiative, run solely by volunteers, we are extremely proud of the positive impact made in just 2 years on environment, young people and their education within the Moreton Bay Region, South East Queensland and Queensland.

We take this opportunity to thank all our wonderful volunteers, collection partners, sponsors, donors, our wider community of supporters and devoted Board for all their support and hard work, because without you, we could not achieve our charitable objectives.

Award winners will be announced at the Gala Awards held in October.

A $20,000 donation by the Clem Jones Foundation will help Stationery Aid continue its work to recycle stationery items and help improve education outcomes for Queensland’s most disadvantaged students.

The generous donation will help Stationery Aid’s ongoing mission to create positive change for our vulnerable and disadvantaged school students and their families by donating environmentally sustainable educational resources.

Stationery Aid’s Director and Co-founder, Jan Schutt said, “We are so very humbled to have received this benevolent donation from the Clem Jones Foundation which continues the philanthropic work of the former Brisbane Lord Mayor, the late Dr Clem Jones AO.

“Funding the Clem Jones Foundation has provided will enable Stationery Aid to reach more of our most vulnerable students not just in South East Queensland but throughout the State.”

“We are incredibly grateful for the ongoing support and inspiration The Clem Jones Foundation has provided Stationery Aid from the beginning,” Mr Schutt said.

Stationery Aid began in 2020 when its co-founders, Alison and Jan Schutt, were unable to find somewhere to donate their children’s excess and used school stationery items.

With 30 plus drop off locations across South East Queensland, volunteers for Stationery Aid collect, sort, clean, renew and donate used and unused education resources in the form of yearly school stationery and booklists for disadvantaged students to start the school year.

Last year, Stationery Aid diverted 16,320 litres of used books and stationery items from landfill and helped 366 students in 2022 by donating repurposed booklists. 27 were students impacted by the flooding disaster.

McDowall State School OHSC have an impressive education for sustainability program with reduce, reuse and recycle principles clearly articulated within the centre as well as edible gardens and composting in the outdoor areas. When you visit the centre you are greeted with beautiful artwork and colour made from reusable materials and huge smiles of happiness from the team! A few weeks ago we collected our first full stationery aid bin that filled quite quickly.