Aspley Community Raises $10,000 for Students Impacted by Poverty

Aspley The Smith Family
Photo Credit: The Smith Family/Facebook

Through Officeworks Aspley and Virginia, the Aspley community has raised over $19,800 to aid 29 children grappling with the repercussions of poverty, significantly contributing to the educational assistance provided by the charitable organisation, The Smith Family.

From 26 December 2023 to 11 February 2024, Officeworks Aspley emerged as a leading force, generating over $10,000 in donations, with Officeworks Virginia closely following suit with over $9,800.

The funds amassed through the fundraising endeavour will be channelled into The Smith Family’s Learning for Life sponsorship program to support 2,000 children and families impacted by poverty. The money will cover crucial school expenses such as uniforms, books, and excursions whilst also offering vital personal support and additional educational programs to foster sustained student engagement and connectivity to learning.

Aspley The Smith Family
Photo Credit: The Smith Family/Facebook

In a statement expressing gratitude, The Smith Family CEO Doug Taylor commended the support from Officeworks, its dedicated customers, and team members, emphasising the collective effort in empowering young Australians with educational opportunities.

“We are so grateful for the ongoing support of Officeworks, their generous customers and passionate team members, who have come together to support young Australians with their education,” Mr Taylor said.

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“When young people start school without the essentials they need to keep up with their peers, they risk falling behind and disengaging from their learning. With this long term, wrap-around support, even more students will be able to stay engaged at school and make the very most of their education.”

David Matthias, Officeworks Aspley Store Business Manager, conveyed immense pride in the community’s generosity.

“Alongside Officeworks Virginia, we are so proud to have raised more than $19,800 for The Smith Family thanks to the support and generosity of our community. We would like to thank each and every customer and team member who contributed to this year’s appeal and supported The Smith Family’s Learning for Life sponsorship program and the vital work it does in enabling all Aussie children to have fair access to education.”

The Back to School Appeal mirrors Officeworks’ People and Planet Positive commitment to support 30,000 students by 2025. With a track record exceeding expectations, Officeworks has revised its goal to support 60,000 students by 2025.

For further details, consult Officeworks’ latest People and Planet Positive Report.

Published 27-February 2024