Queenslanders show generous hearts
I WRITE to express my sincere appreciation to everyone in Queensland who gave generously to The Smith Family's 2017 Winter Appeal.
This year we had exceptional support from the Australian public, raising over $4.6 million nationally to help thousands of disadvantaged children across the country with their education.
For the 1.1 million young Australians living below the poverty line, staying engaged at school and keeping up with their peers can be extremely challenging.
Without educational support and extra resources, they may never reach their potential and are more likely to experience hardship as adults.
Funds raised from our appeal will help nearly 11,000 disadvantaged Australian children with the extra learning support they need, through our reading programs, after-school learning clubs and the iTrack online mentoring program.
It is heartening that this cause has resonated with so many people who gave to our appeal, which not only helps the children who access our programs but their families and communities.
I would like to thank each and every individual who made a donation. Your help will have a direct, lasting impact on disadvantaged children here in Australia.
ALAN LE MAY
The Smith Family