You can add warmth to winter

PLEASE GIVE: Smith Family Learning for Life program worker Tracey Smith is pleading for last-minute donations to the organisation’s winter appeal.THE Smith Family’s Winter Appeal wraps up on Saturday but with only five days to go it is still 50 per cent shy of its goal.With $1.8 million needed to meet the national goal of $3.7 million, the future for thousands of children could suffer.Donations to the appeal enable the Smith Family to provide learning support and mentoring programs to 10,000 disadvantaged children.Locally, the funding shortfall could affect growth in the program known as Learning for Life.Smith Family Learning for Life worker Tracey Smith said the Smith Family administers 300 scholarships to Nowra families in need each year.“The program has grown from 170 scholarships per year when I started five years ago to 300.“However without the funding we can’t continue to expand.“There is a lot of need out there and the more support we have from donations the more we can help people,” she said.The Smith Family’s Learning for Life program supports disadvantaged children and young people all the way through their education, from pre-school and primary school, to senior school and on to tertiary studies if they choose.The long-term support gives young people the assistance they need to develop vital life skills, stay engaged in their education and have the best chance to realise their potential.Smith Family CEO Dr Lisa O’Brien said it was devastating to think children were missing out on making the most of their education.“That education would help them escape hardship and achieve a better future for themselves.“It is essential we give these children the means to reach their potential through education to ensure they have the best possible chance for a future that includes choices and opportunities.“Education transforms lives, not just minds.“A donation to our winter appeal will help children in need and I really want these children to get the future they deserve,” she said.To support the Smith Family Winter Appeal which runs until Saturday, June 30 phone 1800 024 069 or visit www.thesmithfamily南京夜网.au.This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.