With the recent royal wedding and the Queen’s birthday in the spotlight, Gunnedah Evening VIEW Club members embraced “all things royal or regal” this month with tiaras, jewellery, stylish outfits and even a coronation sceptre on show.
Magazines featuring royal weddings and babies were on display for a host of happy royal memories, while the plight of underprivileged Australian children was addressed with a donation of $1000 to The Smith Family’s winter appeal.
This year marks three decades since The Smith Family shifted its focus from emergency assistance to education support. VIEW, a national women’s organisation, was founded in 1960 to support the work of The Smith Family and members have seen firsthand the difference the charity is making in the community.
VIEW National President Jan Roberts said the charity needed to raise $4.1 million by June 30 to deliver life-changing learning and mentoring programs for nearly 10,000 children.
“Through our volunteering and fund-raising support, we’ve seen firsthand the positive, long-term difference The Smith Family’s education support is making to children in need,” she said.
“In the last year, The Smith Family’s work has reached more than 120,000 disadvantaged young Australians in 94 communities across the country.
“While this is to be commended, there is much more work to do - with one in seven Australian children and young people living below the poverty line, these young people need our support more than ever,” Ms Roberts said.
“VIEW is proud to be supporting The Smith Family’s 2018 Winter Appeal and we urge the community to join us in helping thousands of young Australians get the extra support they need.”
Jan Roberts said anyone wishing to donate to The Smith Family’s Winter Appeal can phone 1800 024 069 or visit thesmithfamily.com.au/winter
Gunnedah Evening VIEW Club members raise funds during the years to sponsor three students as well as donating to The Smith Family’s winter appeal and Christmas fund-raiser.
Next month’s dinner meeting on July 4 will be a night of fun trivia, with quizmaster Anne McMahon. Members who are not keen on trivia are encouraged to come along and take on support roles. The competition donor is Pauline Grant with Deirdre Andren to provide the lucky door prize.
Apologies and names of guests should be phoned to Kate Knight (6742 3926) by the Monday night prior.