Phew! If you’re anything like us here at MoM HQ, you are breathing a sigh of relief that term one is done and dusted.
From mid-week homework and projects to the avalanche of after school activities, getting our kids through school is a buzz and a blur. It’s sometimes a little stressful but it’s usually lots of fun and definitely a road toward a wonderful future.
Years ago, Bronnie and her family were riding the education train; however, their journey wasn’t quite going as they’d hoped it would.
Bronnie’s parents had divorced and her mum was left with sole responsibility of raising her children. Through no fault of her own, Bronnie became one of the 1.2 million Aussie kids living in poverty.
At the time, Bronnie and her family couldn’t afford a lot of the basic needs, so food would be donated to them, as well as school books and uniforms, which were all second-hand.
Then, Bronnie was given a Smith Family Learning for Life sponsorship. Apart from assisting with the basics, the program helped to nurture and support Bronnie’s creative interests and recognise her talents. Looking back she now sees that without that support, she would not be where she is today.
“Because The Smith Family saw potential in me, and believed in me, that made all the difference – even more than the financial help.”
Growing up as a child in poverty and being able to experience first-hand the benefit and support of the sponsorship program made Bronnie determined to break the cycle of poverty for herself and her family.
Her motivation grew stronger through the regular letters from her sponsors, which made her feel like she was going to be okay, because someone out there was giving her and her mum a hand through the tough times.
The sponsors’ communication and support helped Bronnie complete her schooling right through to Year 12 and to then go on to pursue a career in illustration and design.
“The Smith Family really does help kids that are disadvantaged, and I’m an example of that,” says Bronnie. “The Smith Family helped me to choose positivity, despite the disadvantages I may have faced during my upbringing. Thank you so much from the bottom of my heart for the hope you gave me by believing in me.”
57,847 students and counting! The future is bright.
Last year, The Smith Family supported over 57,000 students on the Learning for Life Sponsorship Program. Now that’s a lot of bright futures!
BUT there are so many more Australian children who still need help to get back to school in Term 2. Together we can provide disadvantaged children with all the right tools, resources and learning opportunities to ensure that they can complete their school year with the same advantage as their peers.
Every child deserves the opportunity to create a better future for themselves.
Join the MoM Team and sponsor a child today.
You may remember from the start of this term our Founder Nikki and her family sponsored a child with The Smith Family.
The child they sponsored has had an amazing start to the school year thanks to this support. And their sponsorship will ensure this bright young child is supported every step of the way.
Could you change the future of just one child? Definitely!
We’d love to think that you’ll join all of us here at MoM HQ in support of The Smith Family and sponsor a child. Imagine getting them back to school next term with everything they need to thrive!