Bringing Joy To Victorian Children This Christmas

The Andrews Labor Government is supporting Australian children’s charity The Smith Family to give kids across Victoria a memorable Christmas.

Minister for Industry and Employment Ben Carroll joined students and staff at Sacred Heart School in Fitzroy to launch The Smith Family’s 2017 Christmas Appeal.

Sacred Heart School has been involved with The Smith Family for more than a decade, with 80 per cent of its students receiving Learning for Life education scholarships.

The Smith Family has set a goal of raising $3.7 million nationally to provide learning and mentoring programs to support close to 9,000 children and young people in need.

As part of its Christmas Appeal, The Smith Family is also looking to put a smile on the faces of children and young people in need across Victoria by providing 3,400 toy and book packs this festive season.

Volunteers will gather at Melbourne Showgrounds on 17 December to pack and distribute presents, with Victorians able to donate books, toys, time or money to assist The Smith Family in its Christmas Appeal.

Every year, The Smith Family assists more than 27,000 children and young people in communities across regional and metropolitan Victoria by providing them with support to achieve in their education.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Industry and Employment Ben Carroll

“The Smith Family do a wonderful job improving Christmas for so many Victorian families and children and I’m proud to support this year’s Christmas Appeal.”

 “Our government shares a common goal with The Smith Family – making sure our children have every chance to succeed in life.”

Quote attributable to Member for Richmond Richard Wynne

“The Smith Family has helped so many local families at Sacred Heart School, making sure students get the support they need to finish their education and get the best possible start in life.”