THE Smith Family’s Winter Appeal has kicked off for another year with the children’s charity hoping to raise $3.65 million by the end of June to help disadvantaged children learn using specialised programs.
Money raised will be put toward learning support programs, including peer reading program student2student and after school Learning Clubs, in Terms 3 and 4 of this year.
Proud mum and Kwinana resident Kristy Coughlin said The Smith Family had done wonders for her boys Zachari, Deegan and Joshua. “We’ve done the student2student reading program and that really boosted up Zac’s reading, he actually went up about four levels with that,” she said.
“The scholarships help out doing the camps and the uniforms and they also have the interaction with the people who sponsor them… it’s been very good. Zac’s actually off to camp next week.”
Year 6 student Zachari said he was excited to go on the camp with his classmates, something he might never have had the opportunity to do if it was not for The Smith Family.
The Smith Family WA general manager Lorna Woodley said close to 10,000 students were depending on the donations and kindness of strangers.
“Without the ongoing generosity of the community, these young people will miss out on valuable out-of-school learning support that could mean the difference between them staying engaged at school, or falling further behind,” she said.
“Educational disadvantage begins early in a child’s life and continues through school and beyond. Research shows that a disadvantaged child is more likely to experience financial hardship as an adult.
“However, supporting a disadvantaged child’s education is one of the most effective ways to help them break the cycle of intergenerational disadvantage and improve their future employment, income, health and welfare prospects.”
To donate to The Smith Family’s Winter Appeal call 1800 024 069, or visit thesmith|family.com.au.