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Afterpay provides budget tool for parents concerned about new school year expenses

Sydney, Australia, 12 January 2017 –

Leading retail payments innovator Afterpay is now available at Australia’s largest specialty athletic and school shoe retailer, The Athlete’s Foot.

Introduced in time for back to school 2017, The Athlete’s Foot has implemented Afterpay online and in-store across Australia, helping parents budget expenses for the new school year and providing much needed financial relief at the end of the holiday period.

According to Back to School Research completed by Haymakr in March 2016, 65% of mums in Australia want to buy their children better quality school shoes but are constrained by budget. In addition, at the beginning of every school year, children need both sports shoes and school shoes for the year ahead, however only 32% of mums in January 2016 bought their children sports shoes at the same time as buying them their school shoes.

The Athlete’s Foot offers high quality school and sports shoes, including Clarks and the exclusive brand Ascent, coupled with an expert fitting service, ensuring parents value for money and quality product giving them peace of mind for the year ahead.

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We wish you Safety, Good Health, Happiness, Prosperity and Good Fortune.

May they all be with you in the coming year.


The age old saying ‘sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me’ no longer has a place in today’s society when the number of children being emotionally abused has increased by as much as 85% in some Australian states.

Act for Kids is calling for everyone to be vigilant to suspected emotional abuse.

When you think about child abuse and neglect, it’s easy to conjure up images of a bruised and battered little boy or a girl in dirty clothes.
It’s more difficult to picture a subdued little boy, often mistaken as an introvert when in fact, he’s broken inside from being called ‘stupid’ over and over again.
According to the latest Government figures*, in the year 2014-15 emotional abuse was the most common form of abuse substantiated for children.

The age old saying ‘sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me’ no longer has a place in today’s society when the number of children being emotionally abused has increased by as much as 85% in some Australian states.
The total number of substantiated cases of abuse and neglect was 42,457 and emotional abuse makes up 43% of this.
The number of abused and neglected kids across Australia is now greater than the entire population of Tamworth in NSW (41,810 pop. in 2014), but the real figure is much, much higher, said Dr Katrina Lines, Executive Director of Services, Act for Kids.

“Sadly, these statistics only tell us about the traumatic stories of children who told someone what was happening, or where an adult spoke up about what was happening to a child,” said Dr Lines.
“Many more children are living in situations where they are harmed and exploited by adults – and no one notices or does anything to help.
“Act for Kids is an organisation which does just that – we act to keep children safe and to ensure they have safe, happy childhoods. We provide early educational experiences for young children to help prevent harm from occurring and specialised integrated therapy services for children who have experienced abuse and neglect.”

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The inaugural ‘The 8 Percent Festival’ ( will be held in Melbourne on 10-11 October where Australia’s budding entrepreneurs will come together at Melbourne’s Plaza Ballroom this October to celebrate the biggest thinkers and leaders who aim to disrupt and provoke social change.

Keynote speakers will include, lead singer of rock band Everclear, Art Alexakis; undefeated martial arts artist, TEDX Sydney speaker and Cancer survivor, Nadine Champion, South Sudanese refugee and law graduate Deng Thiak Adut as well as author, journalist and television presenter, Indira Naidoo Hosted by one of Australia’s top marketers, Leela Cosgrove, the two-day festival will invite the brightest minds in business and the arts to discuss live on stage, problems facing the health, film, media, education and business industries, designed to prompt thought, question and debate on industry specific topics.

The festival will run across two days from 10 October and consists of four keynotes, 8 Think Tank panels and a number of breakout workshops.

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Australia’s top early childhood education and care professionals have been recognised, with eight finalists announced for the 2016 HESTA Early Childhood Education and Care Awards.

The awards recognise professionals in the early childhood sector who demonstrate outstanding dedication to delivering the highest levels of practice improvement and development in the categories of Advancing Pedagogy and Practice, Outstanding Young Graduate and Excellence in Building Inclusion.

HESTA CEO, Debby Blakey, said the finalists were selected from a shortlist of outstanding individuals and organisations.

“We’re honoured to be able to bring national recognition to the vitally important work early childhood educators do in developing and nurturing the next generation of Australians,” Ms Blakey said. 

 “These finalists have proven themselves leaders in building inclusion and creating learning outcomes for the children in their care. The inspiring levels of excellence achieved by all our finalists provides significant broader economic and social benefits to the communities in which they operate.”


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