VIEW Club call on Nambucca Valley residents to sponsor an Aussie child during Anti-Poverty Week Highlight Section Nambucca Valley by News Of The Area - Modern Media - October 15, 2021 The ladies of the Nambucca Macksville Evening VIEW Club at a Club meeting. THIS Anti-Poverty Week (17-23 October), members of Nambucca Macksville Evening VIEW Club are calling on the local community to sponsor an Australian child through leading children’s education charity, The Smith Family. Nambucca Macksville Evening VIEW Club sponsors six children through The Smith Family’s Learning for Life program, which provides them with educational and personal support. However, with one in six young Australians living in poverty, help is needed now more than ever. This year has been particularly challenging for students experiencing disadvantage, with thousands of children and young people forced into remote learning due to COVID-19. Many don’t have access to a reliable internet connection, an appropriate device, or a comfortable, quiet space to do their schoolwork. This puts them at risk of falling behind their more advantaged peers. Jan Ewington, President of the Nambucca Macksville Evening VIEW Club, said joining VIEW, or becoming a sponsor, has never been more important. “This year has been extremely tough on children experiencing disadvantage, with COVID-19 exacerbating many of the challenges they already face. “This is why VIEW is so passionate about supporting the work of The Smith Family, because it’s through education that we can help break the cycle of poverty and allow these children to create better futures for themselves,” she said. VIEW Clubs raised over $1.1 million for The Smith Family last year, and support 1,480 Australian children. “Joining VIEW is not only a wonderful way to help out children in need, it’s also a great way to get involved in the community, with our club fundraising events including Paint Pop and Giggles/ or Paint a Pot on Friday 29 October, a street stall in Macksville on 5 November and regular meetings where we have fun while raising funds for our sponsored students,” said Jan. Nambucca Macksville Evening VIEW Club meets on the first Wednesday evening of the month at 5pm at the Macksville Ex-Services Club. If you would like to head along and learn more about VIEW, or attend the Club’s fundraising event on 29 October, you can contact Jan on 0412 230 783 or Robyn on 0400 451 87. To find out more about joining VIEW, visit view.org.au or call 1800 805 366. To sponsor a child through The Smith Family, visit thesmithfamily.com.au or call 1800 633 622.