A member research survey conducted by P&Cs Qld in early July 2020 has confirmed that Queensland state school P&C fundraising has been heavily impacted due to COVID-19.

As a consequence of COVID-19 restrictions, more than 90% of fundraising activities have been cancelled or postponed this year. P&C business operations such as tuckshops, uniform shops and Outside School Hours Care were also significantly impacted.

In total, an estimated $29M in funds that P&Cs would normally have raised during the early part of each year has been lost.

P&Cs Qld CEO Scott Wiseman said, “The survey has confirmed our suspicions but the $29M figure was much higher than we predicted. It also demonstrates the essential support that P&Cs provide annually to state schools across Queensland.

“As a result, P&Cs have been very innovative and have adapted their activities to be COVID safe.”

Tuckshops increased their online ordering capabilities, while traditional P&C fundraising activities such as Father’s Day stalls were updated with online ordering and drive-through pickup. Other COVID-safe fundraising solutions that were successful for P&Cs were cookie dough drives and online raffles.

Despite the obvious challenges, P&Cs continue to dedicate themselves to supporting state schools and students with an estimated of 435,000 volunteer hours contributed per year across 1250 P&Cs.

Media contact Scott Wiseman 0402 605 766

Email scottwiseman@pandcsqld.com.au