Goulburn Evening VIEW Club recently its AGM with 25 members in attendance. Our club is seeking women to join us who would like to make connections while making a difference!
VIEW (Voice, Interests and Education of Women) offers a network for women to connect in the community, to enjoy social activities and develop lasting friendships, while supporting the work of The Smith Family - providing long-term educational support for Australian children in need.
The Goulburn Evening VIEW Club is part of a network of over 300 clubs and 15,000 women throughout Australia. Despite the challenges of last year, VIEW club members around Australia were extremely creative when it came to staying connected - while socially distancing. They organised online fashion parades, face mask sewing bees, and Zoom social events, to name a few - all to raise money for children experiencing disadvantage.
"These children were among the hardest hit during school shutdowns, as many didn't have the right tools they needed to learn from home. It's been so heartening to see our members' passionate commitment to supporting better futures for young Australians in need," President Helen McAleer said.
VIEW has been raising awareness and funds for The Smith Family for over 60 years, and is the largest community sponsor of the charity's Learning for Life sponsorship program.
President Helen said VIEW was as relevant now as it was 60 years ago, with community connections so important as we head into uncertain times in 2021.
"Joining our VIEW Club is the perfect opportunity to meet regularly with other like-minded women, establish new friendships and help to make life-changing differences to Australian children and their families."
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As the new school year begins, The Smith Family is calling for people to sponsor 9,486 children who are experiencing disadvantage. Children on The Smith Family's Learning for Life sponsorship program are provided with wraparound support, which includes financial assistance for essential school supplies, access to out of school tutoring and mentoring programs, and a Smith Family partnership coordinator who is on hand to support the child's specific needs.
Those who join the Goulburn Evening VIEW Club, which hosts monthly meetings for members on the second Tuesday of each month, will play a pivotal role in supporting The Smith Family's work by fundraising to sponsor more children for the duration of their educational journey.
The Goulburn Evening VIEW Club members also volunteer their time and talents by reading with local children to advance their literacy skills, help with homework after school, donate stationery packs and donate funds for new toys and books at Christmas.
"We are always looking for women of all backgrounds and ages to join us and look forward to welcoming new faces at our next monthly meeting," President Helen said.
Anyone interested in becoming a member can call Helen on 4821 2683 or visit www.view.org.au for further information.
Due to COVID restrictions our club has been meeting for afternoon tea in members' gardens. The next Goulburn Evening VIEW Club meeting will take place on Tuesday, March 9.