Smith Fam­ily thank­ful

Isis Town and Country - - Opinion -

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,

Queens­land

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