QUEENSLANDERS are being encouraged to dig deep this holiday season to help provide a better future for disadvantaged children through the Smith Family’s annual Christmas Appeal.
The charity hopes to raise $3.8 million nationally through the appeal, which would go towards helping more than 9,000 across the country.
The Queensland Government has kick-started the annual appeal with a contribution of $100,000.
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Minister for Child Safety, Youth and Women Di Farmer launched the educational charity’s annual campaign today at Yeronga State High School.
“Every child deserves the same hope and opportunity as the next, but for children who are growing up in families that are struggling financially, it can be difficult to fully engage with learning and complete their schooling,” Ms Farmer said.
“I’d encourage Queenslanders to share the spirit of giving in the lead up to this Christmas, and make a donation to help the Smith Family help children in need.”
Students from Yeronga State High School also fundraised for the charity throughout the year and presented Queensland ‘s Smith Family General Manager Alan Le May with a cheque for $200.
Mr Le May said it was a key time to help families doing it tough.
“Christmas should be a special time for families but for children affected by disadvantage, it’s just another time they go without,” Mr Le May said.
‘Right now, there are 1.1 million young Australians growing up in poverty.
“Many are struggling daily with the effects of financial hardship brought on by accidents, illness or unemployment within the family.
“These challenges at home can flow on to affect children’s school lives.
“Children can end up feeling excluded and start to disengage from their learning.
“This increases their risk of leaving school early and we know from our research that finishing Year 12 is the best chance they have to create a better future for themselves.”