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Sherry's Story

"As I sit in my lounge room I reflect on the past 20 years of the ‘Opening The Doors Foundation’.  My heart skips a beat; the incredible gifts my family has received and continues to receive still boggles my mind.

Back in 2003, when I applied for ‘Opening The Doors Foundation’ funding for my children, we had just moved suburbs, so new school uniforms were needed for all....  

"Jyah became aware of the struggles faced with COVID 19 and started a fitness challenge to raise awareness. Deniliquin got behind his and his story was in the paper- enclosed a copy from the school news letter.....It's a big help and very much appreciated from myself being a single mum it still gives us the opportunity for my son to get a good education. "                          

Jyah's Story

Michael's Story

"During 2020 I have seen a huge improvement on Michael's confidence levels. He has worked hard to improve on his reading and writing.

This year we were able to use the grant money to purchase a Chromebook to be used for homework. It came in perfect timing as covid hit and homeschooling began...."

Shakira's Story

"The school started a school choir last year and Shakira put her hand up to be in it as soon as she heard about it. The choir performed at church and at the end of year Christmas carols, and she loved being in it..."

Kallahni's Story

"Kalahnii progressed well during 2020 despite online learning. She did struggle with not having the social aspect of classes though. Kalahnii was able to have every opportunity her peers had being that she felt equal because she had full uniform and was “cool” like her best friend.

I’m so grateful for being awarded this grant as it allows my children to feel equal at such a brilliant school that I could not afford to send them to without support from Opening The Doors. The fees are very expensive and this grant allows me to focus on getting some of that payed off as it has built up over the years. The school is very understanding of my situation."

"Kalahnii progressed well during 2020 despite online learning....

"Joel is doing really well in this school, and has made lasting friendships.  He's enjoying sports'athletics and science, and still sees his friends from primary school...."

Joel's Story

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Starr's Story

"Starr's attendance and attitude about her education has greatly improved in 2020. So much so, she was awarded the "Baw Baw Shire Award" for contributing to school life, participating in activities, receiving successful results and exhibiting responsible citizenship skills. Starr has improved in all areas, working hard on her physical and mental health and aiming to achieve the best she can in her education. Starr's award has been her huge achievement.

"2020 was a challenging year for Dakora as we moved and she changed schools. Dakora had to make new friends and learn about her new school environment as well as develop new attachments to her teachers. She was very sad most days as she was getting dropped off- missing her old house, old friends, and teachers. Eventually, she made some great friends and now feels a lot more settled, however COVID put a spin on things and she had to stop and start school a few times due to the closures which impacted her sense of belonging and attachments to friends and teachers..." 

Dakora's Story

Caitlyn's Story

Kalahnii was able to have every opportunity her peers had being that she felt equal because she had full uniform and “cool shoes like Elsie” her best friend.  I’m so grateful for being awarded this grant as it allows my children to feel equal at such a brilliant school that I could not afford to send them to without support from Opening the Doors. The fees are very expensive and this grant allows me to focus on getting some of that paid off as it has built up over the years. The school is very understanding of my situation. ............................

Levi's Story

Kalahnii was able to have every opportunity her peers had being that she felt equal because she had full uniform and “cool shoes like Elsie” her best friend.  I’m so grateful for being awarded this grant as it allows my children to feel equal at such a brilliant school that I could not afford to send them to without support from Opening the Doors. The fees are very expensive and this grant allows me to focus on getting some of that paid off as it has built up over the years. The school is very understanding of my situation. ............................

Josey's Story

Kalahnii was able to have every opportunity her peers had being that she felt equal because she had full uniform and “cool shoes like Elsie” her best friend.  I’m so grateful for being awarded this grant as it allows my children to feel equal at such a brilliant school that I could not afford to send them to without support from Opening the Doors. The fees are very expensive and this grant allows me to focus on getting some of that paid off as it has built up over the years. The school is very understanding of my situation. ............................

Tom's Story

Kalahnii was able to have every opportunity her peers had being that she felt equal because she had full uniform and “cool shoes like Elsie” her best friend.  I’m so grateful for being awarded this grant as it allows my children to feel equal at such a brilliant school that I could not afford to send them to without support from Opening the Doors. The fees are very expensive and this grant allows me to focus on getting some of that paid off as it has built up over the years. The school is very understanding of my situation. ............................

Hannah's Story

Kalahnii was able to have every opportunity her peers had being that she felt equal because she had full uniform and “cool shoes like Elsie” her best friend.  I’m so grateful for being awarded this grant as it allows my children to feel equal at such a brilliant school that I could not afford to send them to without support from Opening the Doors. The fees are very expensive and this grant allows me to focus on getting some of that paid off as it has built up over the years. The school is very understanding of my situation. ............................

Alinta's Story

Kalahnii was able to have every opportunity her peers had being that she felt equal because she had full uniform and “cool shoes like Elsie” her best friend.  I’m so grateful for being awarded this grant as it allows my children to feel equal at such a brilliant school that I could not afford to send them to without support from Opening the Doors. The fees are very expensive and this grant allows me to focus on getting some of that paid off as it has built up over the years. The school is very understanding of my situation. ............................

Anakin's Story