Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - STREET WATCH -

I AM writ­ing to ex­press my sin­cere ap­pre­ci­a­tion to ev­ery­one in WA who gave gen­er­ously to The Smith Fam­ily’s Win­ter Ap­peal.

This year we had ex­cep­tional sup­port from the Aus­tralian pub­lic, rais­ing more than $4.6 mil­lion na­tion­ally to help thou­sands of dis­ad­van­taged chil­dren across the coun­try with their ed­u­ca­tion.

For the 1.1 mil­lion young Aus­tralians liv­ing be­low the poverty line, stay­ing en­gaged at school and keep­ing up with their peers can be an ex­treme chal­lenge.

With­out ed­u­ca­tional sup­port and ex­tra re­sources, they might never reach their po­ten­tial and are more likely to ex­pe­ri­ence hard­ship as adults.

Funds raised from our win­ter ap­peal will help nearly 11,000 dis­ad­van­taged Aus­tralian chil­dren with the ex­tra learn­ing sup­port they need through our read­ing pro­grams, af­ter-school Learn­ing Clubs and the iTrack on­line men­tor­ing pro­gram.

It is heart­en­ing that this cause has res­onated with so many peo­ple who do­nated. It not only helps the chil­dren who ac­cess our pro­grams but their fam­i­lies and com­mu­ni­ties.

Your help will have a di­rect, last­ing im­pact.

IAN MOORE WA gen­eral man­ager, The Smith Fam­ily

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