Smith Family thankful
I’M WRITING to express my sincere thanks and gratitude to Queenslanders for their tremendous support of The Smith Family’s 2015 Winter Appeal. The Smith Family, a national children’s charity, launched its Winter Appeal on May 20 to raise $3.5 million by June 30 for the ongoing support of thousands of disadvantaged children across the country.
Alan Le May
Our appeal brought attention to the isolating effects of disadvantage on children, and the fact that they ... are at risk of being in poverty in the long term.
This year’s appeal highlighted the vulnerability experienced by the 1 in 10 Australian children living in disadvantage, especially when they are at school and struggling to fit in and keep up with their classmates. Our appeal brought attention to the isolating effects of disadvantage on children, and the fact that they often start school behind, slip further and further back and are at risk of being in poverty in the long term. It is heartening that this message struck a chord with so many people in the community, who responded with great generosity to The Smith Family, ensuring we exceeded our Winter Appeal target and raised more than $3.7 million for disadvantaged children. I would like to thank each and every individual who made a donation, and let them know that their help will have a direct, lasting impact on more than 9000 disadvantaged children in Australia, helping them to succeed at school and creating a better future for themselves.
Alan Le May, General Manager, The Smith Family,