The Smith Family
yesterday at 05:26. Facebook
What’s your new year’s resolution? Get fit? Tick off a bucket list adventure? Do more to support the causes you care about? Why not do them all in 2017! Trek the historic Kokoda Track, knowing every step you take will help break the cycle of disadvantage for Australian children. Find out more: [ Link ]
The Smith Family
01/17/2017 at 05:46. Facebook
When she was young Shaeya got very sick, and her parents were told by specialists that she would have learning delays. But she pushed herself and is now on the way to realise the dream she had since she was in Year 5: to become a chef. ‘Shaeya was very lucky with her sponsor,’ says her mum, Wanita. ‘Getting a cookbook from her sponsor when she was in hospital one time really lifted her...
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“When the children work out something for themselves, through assistance, their faces just light up… That’s what I get out of it, that’s why I come here every week.” Ha, Learning Club Volunteer Tutor.
Keen to volunteer in 2017 but short on time? In as little as two hours a week you can support students to enhance their learning opportunities. Register today: [ Link ]
Thanks to the support of thousands of generous Australians, our learning and support programs help more than 127,000 disadvantaged Australian children and their families. Find out more about what we do: [ Link ]
We couldn’t agree more. Supporting a disadvantaged child’s education opens their mind to a world of opportunity and a future full of possibilities.
'Your help has given me a strong dream of wanting to help others,' says Anick, a Learning for Life graduate. For more Smith Family stories, visit: [ Link ]
This drawing by Year 6 student Maikayla perfectly captures the holiday spirit - it doesn’t matter where you are, as long as you’re with the ones you love. Happy holidays everyone!
To our awesome Facebook family... thank you from the bottom of our hearts! We couldn’t have done it without you.
Looking forward to a great 2017 together!
Completing Year 12 was a huge milestone for Ruth, who lost her mother a year earlier and had to work two jobs to get by.

Ruth is one of the 127,000 young Australians we helped over the last year and our results show that our support is helping to break the cycle of long-term disadvantage. Read how we’re making a measurable difference in our latest Annual Report. ->
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Our tireless Christmas elves volunteered to pack and deliver 45,000 toys and 30,000 books to families in need across Australia. Thank you for putting smiles on so many children’s faces! :)
Merry Christmas from The Smith Family! Today, we want to share with you one of our favourite Christmas tales from the writer O. Henry. Read this and tell us what you think in the comments!

A young newlywed couple struggle to get by, yet still yearn to give each other a Christmas gift - “something fine and rare and sterling.” Della sells her most prized possession - her beautiful long hair -...
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Wishing you all the best for the festive season. We’ll be back in January. If you need any assistance during that time, please contact your local office. Contact details can be found here -> [ Link ].
We urgently need 161 sponsors to help provide life-changing educational support for children like Max. Please sponsor a disadvantaged child this Christmas so they don’t have to go without. It’s not too late to show you care!
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1 in 10 Australian children grow up in poverty and miss out every single day. That’s why sponsorship gives a child the year-round educational support they so desperately need.

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Let’s light up Australia this Christmas! Please SHARE this post and help us find sponsors for children who have to go without all year.
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It’s the festive season and everyone’s busy making their Christmas wish lists - but don’t forget there are lots of children wishing for things we take for granted.

Please share this post to help us find more sponsors for disadvantaged children like Max. [ Link ]
Thank you to everyone who has collected toys and books for our Appeal this year!
You can still purchase a gift online at [ Link ]. With your help, thousands of disadvantaged children around Australia will be able to wake up to presents under the tree on Christmas morning.
Our long-time sponsors often tell us that sponsorship is more than giving financial support … it’s about going on a journey together.

And that journey can be immensely rewarding.

Sponsor a child today.
Our iTrack program matches students with mentors to guide them through all the challenges of high school. Now, with the help of her mentor, Rhianna is going to university and hopes to become a doctor.

Sign up today to become a 2017 mentor!

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