This Anti-Poverty Week (13-19 October), members of Southern Vales VIEW Club are calling on the local community to sponsor a disadvantaged Australian child through The Smith Family.

Southern Vales VIEW Club sponsors four children through The Smith Family to provide vital support for their education, but many more young Australians are in need of help.

There are so many families out there struggling to pay the bills, and education essentials like school books and excursions can fall to the bottom of the pile. The latest data shows that there are 1.1 million children living in poverty in Australia right now – and our Club is doing something about this huge problem that sadly affects so many. Sponsoring a child through The Smith Family helps ease the burden, providing a combination of financial support, personal support and access to a range of out-of-school learning and mentoring programs to help them get the most out of their education.

We’ve seen firsthand the difference this support makes. Each year, our members receive handwritten profiles from the students we support, detailing their progress at school and plans for the future

Right now, there are over 15,000 VIEW members across Australia who are fund raising and volunteering for The Smith Family to help as many disadvantaged children as possible thrive in their education so they can create better futures for themselves.

VIEW Clubs raised over $1.1 million for The Smith Family last year and collectively sponsor more than 1,350 Australian children in need to support their education. VIEW members also volunteer over 70,000 hours of their time to help young people in their local community through homework, reading and mentoring programs run by The Smith Family.

We would love more women of all ages to join our club so we can reach even more children in need through our fund raising and volunteering.

Supporting a child while they are still at school prevents the need to support them as adults. Sponsoring their education is an effective way to help them break the cycle of poverty.

To find out more about joining VIEW, contact our Secretary Chris Horsman, Southern Vales VIEW Club, Phone: 08 8556 2897, Mobile: 0438 131 049, Email:

About Anti-Poverty Week

Anti-Poverty Week is a week where all Australians are encouraged to organise or take part in an activity aiming to highlight or overcome issues of poverty and hardship here in Australia or overseas. It was established in Australia as an expansion of the UN’s annual International Anti-Poverty Day on October 17. In 2019, Anti-Poverty Week will be held from the 13th to the 19th of October. Visit

About VIEW Clubs of Australia

VIEW is a national women’s organisation with over 15,000 members in more than 300 communities exclusively supporting children’s education charity The Smith Family. Members sponsor students, volunteer, fund raise and advocate to improve the life outcomes of disadvantaged Australian children and young people. Visit