Queensland Premier Anna Bligh has kicked off The Smith Family's
annual Christmas appeal with a $100,000 donation.
At the Appeal's launch today, the Premier urged Queenslanders to keep alive Queensland's spirit of giving this Christmas and donate to the Appeal.
"Christmas is a special time of year for families and an exciting time for children of all ages," the Premier said.
"But it's also a time to remember that one in ten children across Australia are experiencing disadvantage and do not have access to the same educational, health and life opportunities as their peers.
"The Smith Family, through their learning support programs, is helping young people all over Australia throughout their education.
"These programs give children the confidence and resources they need, from school books and money for school trips, to learning support so they can keep up at school and not be at risk of exclusion.
Ms Bligh said The Smith Family currently supported more than 7,000 Queensland children across 22 communities.
"We know that a good education is the key to giving our children the best start in life.
"That's why we introduced the Prep year and why we are moving year seven into high school.
"And it's why programs like those run by The Smith Family are so important.
The Premier said she was also pleased to announce renewed funding of $1.58 million over three years for The Smith Family's Reading for Children program.
"The program focuses on early childhood literacy by providing access to early language and literacy activities for pre-schoolers.
"By supporting The Smith Family Christmas Appeal you can help children get the support and learning opportunities they need to create a better future for themselves.
"I would urge Queenslanders to remember the true spirit of Christmas this year and dig deep to help children in need," the Premier said.
Smith Family Christmas Appeal
Premier and Minister for Reconstruction
The Honourable Anna Bligh
Premier donates $100,000 to launch Smith Family Christmas Appeal