VIEW Club urges Myall Coast community to sponsor an Australian child


LAST week was Anti-Poverty Week (17-23 October), and members of Myall River VIEW Club called on the local community to sponsor an Australian child through leading children’s education charity, The Smith Family.

Myall River VIEW Club sponsors six children through The Smith Family’s Learning for Life program, which provides them with educational and personal support.

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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.

Rhonda Jurd, President of the Myall River 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 LFL 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 undertaking fundraising in the form of 100 club during lockdown, a garage
sale each January, members donating funds normally what they would donate at the lunch meeting each
month,” said President Rhonda Jurd.

To find out more about joining VIEW, visit or call 1800 805 366.

To sponsor a child through The Smith Family, visit or call 1800 633 622.

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