BLEAK OPENING TO SCHOOL YEAR
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 thesmithfamily.com.au.
- Rick Lee, editor