VIEW Club members descend on Gympie
MORE than 100 women from 12 VIEW Clubs gathered at Gunabul Homestead in Gympie recently for the VIEW Club QB Gala Conference.
They came from throughout the Sunshine Coast as far south as Bribie Island and Caboolture and from Wide Bay as far north as Hervey Bay and Fraser Coast, so Gympie was a natural choice of venue.
However, this is the first time the annual regional conference has been held in Gympie and thanks must go to the local national councillor, Barbara Cameron who hosted the conference and hails from Gympie.
On behalf of the Gympie Regional Council, Deputy Mayor, Bob Leitch welcomed everyone and invited them all to explore the Gympie region during their stay.
The keynote speaker for the day was Alan LeMay, Queensland manager of The Smith Family.
VIEW clubs represent the Voice, Interests and Education of Women, and they work to support The Smith Family throughout Australia in raising funds, volunteering, sponsoring children, mentoring and advocacy of children to assist underprivileged children in reaching their capability.
Alan LeMay told everyone that their goal is to sponsor an additional 24,000 students (presently nearly 34,000 are being sponsored) over the next five years.
The Smith Family has changed their structure to ensure that coordinators are more focused to support families directly with additional staff driving the learning programs.
This is already resulting in more focused and consistent participation of students.
In the Gympie area there are 70 students being supported in one way or another.
Another speaker was Maryanne Maher, national manager of VIEW Clubs who advised that VIEW is the leading women's organisation in Australia helping to change the lives of young Australians through education.
Statistics provided indicated that 2688 VIEW Club members in Queensland raised nearly $260,000 last year to support the work of The Smith Family and VIEW directly sponsored 242 students to remain at school or university.
Support is given in various ways through digital and face to face mentoring, reading support, supply of books, assisting with homework and even budgeting.
It was a very successful day with entertainment supplied by the Gympie U3A Retro Jukebox singers and of course, lots of talking and laughter amongst all the women present.