Breakfast Program at Gray Primary School in Palmerston, NT
Since July 2019, the Northern Central Region is sponsoring the Breakfast Program at Gray Primary School in Palmerston, a small city about half an hour from Darwin. The program provides eligible students with breakfast, recess and lunch to ensure all children have access to food.
Gray School Index of Community Socio-Educational Advantage (ICSEA) is 818, with the national average being 1000. 63% of families whose children attend Gray Primary School fall in the bottom quarter, meaning that the majority of them come from the low socio-economic sector of our society.
On Friday the 16 of August, Consouers Maria Randazzo and Frances Booth were welcomed at the School Assembly by the Principal Ms Rebekah Stapleton. They were invited to give a talk to the students explaining what the Order of Malta is and the purpose of our cooperation with the School, which is providing decent meals to assist each child to fulfil his or her full academic potential.
Currently 62 children at Gray Primary School are sponsored through the Breakfast Program and Members of the Order of Malta in NT are funding the activity.
Sponsoring a child in the Breakfast Program costs $40 a year.
Although the Breakfast Program has only been active for 3 months it has been a wonderful success and the Order of Malta would like to expand the project to other schools, however this is reliant on additional funding becoming available.
Donations $2 and more to support the Breakfast Program are tax deductible and can be made using our online PayPal donation facility: