Taree VIEW Club is calling on the community to give generously to The Smith Family Winter Appeal, to help thousands of young people across Australia struggling in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The appeal aims to raise $5.1 million by June 30, to deliver life-changing learning and mentoring programs to students experiencing disadvantage.
The Smith Family's Acting CEO, Judy Barraclough, said support is more urgent than ever, after the charity released its Emerging from COVID-19: Insights Snapshot.
This document brings together recent observations from families, schools and Smith Family teams working on the ground in some of Australia's most disadvantaged communities, to track how they're faring following the year of disruption and uncertainty that was 2020.
"We're very concerned by the high number of students and families we support who are really struggling, some more than at any stage since the pandemic began. Economic instability, a housing affordability crisis and a lack of employment opportunities for our families are all taking their toll - and we're really worried about the impact this is having on some children's ability to engage at school," Ms Barraclough said.
Taree VIEW Club president Margaret Muldoon said support from the community will help more than 12,000 Australian children who need it most.
"Our club is committed to supporting young Australians with their education, because it is the best way of stopping the cycle of disadvantage. The Smith Family's programs help children succeed at school which builds confidence so they can realise their hopes and dreams," she said.
VIEW (Voice, Interests and Education of Women) is a national women's organisation and support network, bringing together women to enjoy social activities, develop skills, and make connections - all while supporting Australian children in need.
For those who are interested to find out more about VIEW or who would like to join visit view.org.au.