The Smith Family thanks Australia
Australians have donated $4 million to the Winter Appeal and The Smith Family would like to thank the caring Australians across the country who donated for their generous support.
The funds raised from the Winter Appeal will go directly towards supporting disadvantaged Australian children in 95 communities across Australia, to get the most of out their education, so they can create better futures for themselves.
The Smith Family chief executive officer Dr Lisa O’Brien said they would like to thank everyone who contributed to making their Winter Appeal such a success.
“Thanks to your support, more children in need will receive the educational opportunities they need to transform their lives.”
The Smith Family Pilbara team leader Daphne Trevurza said the 2010 Winter Appeal target just for WA was $74,000 and the 2011 target was $110,000.
“WA surpassed that amount at the end of the financial year, as did the rest of Australia giving us $4 million,” she said.
“As part of the Winter Appeal, some programs we have run in the Pilbara include the Literacy Skill Improvement program, where one child improved his reading age by two years and nine months in just four months.
“That’s not even the best result of improvement that we have had, any improvement is good, it is a personal bonus for the child’s entire life.”
The Smith Family’s Learning for Life program supports disadvantaged children and young people all the way through their education, from pre-school and primary school, to senior school and on to tertiary studies if they choose.
This holistic, long term support gives young Australians the assistance they need to develop vital life skills, stay engaged in their education and have the best chance to realise their potential.
Learning for Life programs including Learning Clubs which provide a safe and supportive environment for local school children to develop their learning potential and increase their confidence.
At the club the students have access to resources, expertise and assistance to support their learning.
The Learning Club operates with the assistance of volunteer tutors, who work with students to help them build on the knowledge they gain in the classroom, ensuring they get the most out of their education.