Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - OPINION -

IT must be tough to send your chil­dren off to a new year of school with­out a de­cent pair of shoes. The eco­nomic down­turn has made things tough and it is high­lighted with the start of the aca­demic year. Ac­cord­ing to re­search by The Smith Fam­ily, up to 6000 chil­dren will not have the ed­u­ca­tion es­sen­tials. The or­gan­i­sa­tion pro­vides a Learn­ing for Life spon­sor­ship pro­gram, sup­port­ing 33,000 dis­ad­van­taged chil­dren across Aus­tralia. Gen­eral man­ager WA Lorna Wood­ley said The Smith Fam­ily had re­ceived an in­flux of calls as par­ents grap­pled with send­ing their chil­dren to school with­out the most ba­sic re­sources . For in­for­ma­tion about spon­sor­ing a child, call 1800 633 622 or visit the­smith­fam­

- Rick Lee, ed­i­tor

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