The Smith Family Says a Great Big “Thank You” to Their Supporters ECOTECH was delighted to attend The Smith Family’s annual event to thank their supporters and show the long-term difference that sponsorship can make to a disadvantaged child’s life. Main pic: Anton Leschen, General Manager of The Smith Family in Victoria, addresses the audience. Pic above: Financial, practical and emotional support assists Learning for Life students throughout their school years. On 24 October 2018, ECOTECH was invited to attend The Smith Family’s annual “Great Big Thank You” with key supporters from around Victoria. ECOTECH announced a major partnership with The Smith Family in 2018. Stirring speeches by Anton Leschen, General Manager of The Smith Family in Victoria, and Dr Lisa O’ Brien, CEO of The Smith Family, inspired the crowd with stories of success, hope and resilience from students on their flagship Learning for Life program. This program helps young Australians in need to participate more fully in their education through a three-step approach. Financial, practical and emotional support assists their educational journey throughout their school years. TOGETHER 2019 Issue 5
The meaning of Learning for Life The event was hosted by one of The Smith Family’s Learning for Life students, a debating champion at university, who espoused the benefits of being on the program since she was in primary school. Talented students on The Smith Family’s program were central to the event. There was also an uplifting jazz performance by music student Olivia, who credits The Smith Family with assisting her to continue her musical journey at Monash University. Together, we help children create better futures for themselves ECOTECH has participated in multiple volunteer days with The Smith Family throughout 2018, including writing Christmas cards, reviewing student profiles and more. “Like The Smith Family, we believe that every student should have access to education, no matter their circumstances,” said Nicholas Dal Sasso, ECOTECH Managing Director. “The gap in achievement and educational outcomes between kids in our most disadvantaged communities compared to their better-off peers is getting wider,” says Dr Lisa O’Brien, CEO of The Smith Family, “these kids are doing it tough, and they really need our help,” she added. “ Like The Smith Family, we too believe that every student should have access to education, no matter their circumstances. ” To learn more about The Smith Family and how you too can sponsor young Australians in need, please visit www.thesmithfamily.com.au TOGETHER is a magazine published by ECOTECH Pty Ltd ABN 32 005 752 081. Subscription is free and available directly from ECOTECH. Important Notice: The information contained in this magazine is given in good faith. To the maximum extent permitted by law, neither ECOTECH, its employees, contractors or distributors accept any liability for loss or damage arising as a result of any person acting on information contained in this magazine. Learning for Life student Olivia enchanted the crowd with her rendition of classic jazz song “Polka Dots and Moonbeams”. Specifications subject to change without notice. All trademarks and registered trademarks are the property of their respective owners. Ecotech, Serinus, Airodis, Aurora, Congrego, Integro, Spectronus are trademarks or registered trademarks of ECOTECH Pty Ltd in the United States and/or other countries. © 2019 ECOTECH Pty Ltd. All rights reserved. ecotech.com 11
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