The members of Bega Evening Voice, Interests and Education of Women (VIEW) club are bringing attention to the cycle of poverty that is sustained by limited access to education resources.
October 15 to 21 is Anti-Poverty Week, and VIEW are highlighting the need to bring extra learning support and tools to 1.1 million children and young people currently living in poverty in Australia.
The women's based charity group supports the national children’s education charity, The Smith Family, to ensure disadvantage does not determine the future of young people.
“Children cannot choose the circumstances they are born into. For children growing up in poverty, it can limit their choices, opportunities and outcomes in life,” President of the Bega Evening VIEW Club Judith Reid said.
“We know that being able to complete a successful education one of the most effective ways to stop young people from experiencing inter-generational poverty.”
Last year VIEW clubs raised more than $1 million nationally for The Smith Family and currently sponsors the education of more than 1,200 disadvantaged children.
The Bega Evening VIEW club have raised enough funds to support more than two students through the Learning for Life program.
“Completing Year 12 or its equivalent increases the likelihood that these young people will move into further study or employment, and create a better future for themselves,” Ms Reid said.
She added that growing membership at VIEW allows the club to volunteer with The Smith Family and support as many children in need as possible and encouraged motivated women to join the organisation as a way to meet new friends and to give back to their community.