The Smith Family

Elisabeth with Leslie McKay

Elisabeth with Leslie McKay

Last week we welcomed Leslie McKay from the Tasmanian branch of The Smith Family who gave us an overview of the work done by this wonderful organisation. Started in 1922 by three business friends to help families in need The Smith Family’s  mission is to create opportunities for young Australians by providing long term support for their participation in education.  This support enables disadvantaged children to complete school which will hopefully result in a better life with  chance of work and better health outcomes. In 2015-16 they supported 127,424 children, young people, parents,carers and community professionals. Close to 5000 of these were in Tasmania including 166 from Aboriginal and Torres Island backgrounds.  There are 33,000 Learning for Life scholarships (Australia wide) including 700 in Tasmania and the Smith Family partners with 18 schools. The results of the Learning for Life programs are constantly monitored and  show a 90% success rate. Revenue comes from donations, corporate support and bequests, government funding and from recycling and second hand stores. With only 560 paid employers over 2000 volunteers enable The Smith Family to continue their valuable work. Muriel thanked Leslie and I am sure we will hear more about The Smith Family in Tasmania.

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We now meet at the Carlyle Hotel, 232 Main Road, Derwent Park. (Next door to the Metro Bus depot)
Our meetings are on Tuesdays at 1pm in the upstairs function room.
Excellent meals at affordable prices are available.