Gift to change child’s life

LAUNCHING its annual Christmas Appeal at Auburn North Public School (ANPS) last week, The Smith Family is urging Australians to think about the real impact of the gifts they plan to share over the festive season.

Some of the school’s 107 students who have benefited from The Smith Family’s Learning for Life sponsorship program, include eight-year-old Saeeda Asad Ullah who has four sisters, one brother and a single mum.
“The Smith Family helped me go on an excursion to a museum which was like going back to the past. I got to dance around the maypole and write with real ink pens,” Saeeda said.
Nine-year-olds Mahdi Ali and Zahra Zargar have both been sponsored for four years.
“They help to pay for school shoes and books I need,” Mahdi said.
Zahra said they’ve also helped her with school uniforms.
“They also helped me go on an excursion to a theatre and Featherdale Wildlife Park,” she said.
Each year the charity helps support thousands of children living in disadvantage with wrap-around educational support, and CEO, Dr Lisa O’Brien says Christmas is a critical time to help families doing it tough.
“Completing school gives young people the best chance of experiencing a better future and breaking the cycle of poverty,” she said.
“So this Christmas, the best gift you can give is to change the course of a child’s life by helping us to support them.”
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