With many of the Shoalhaven's Anti-Poverty Week events being cancelled due to the current public health restrictions, a local VIEW club and The Smith Family is urging people to continue to support its efforts in trying to overcome the cycle of poverty.
Anti-Poverty Week runs from October 17-23. Members of St Georges Basin VIEW Club are calling on the local community to sponsor an Australian child through leading children's education charity, The Smith Family.
VIEW secretary Deb Hanlon said students need support now more than ever.
"With COVID the situation has been exacerbated as many students do not have access to the technology they need for effective learning or the home support required," she said.
"This puts our students further at risk of falling behind and not achieving their full potential."
VIEW Clubs raised more than $1.1 million for The Smith Family last year, and support 1,480 students.
The Smith Family and VIEW clubs sponsor and support Aussie kids who need a hand up to reach their full potential. There is education, mentoring and career programs across all education levels as well as individual financial sponsorships to cover the basics of education.
"Joining VIEW is not only a wonderful way to help out children in need, it's also a great way to get involved in the community," president of St Georges Basin VIEW Club, Lyn McDowell said.
To find out more about joining VIEW, visit view.org.au or call 1800 805 366.
To sponsor a child through The Smith Family, visit thesmithfamily.com.au or call 1800 633 622.