VIEW GATHERING: National Manager of VIEW Maryanne Maher and National Councillor from Gympie, Barbara Cameron attend the VIEW Club QB Gala Conference in Gympie.
VIEW GATHERING: National Manager of VIEW Maryanne Maher and National Councillor from Gympie, Barbara Cameron attend the VIEW Club QB Gala Conference in Gympie. Contributed

VIEW members celebrate together and support others

THE voices of more than 100 VIEW members were celebrating with laughter and good times at their annual VIEW Club QB Gala Conference.

Twelve clubs, from the Sunshine Coast and Fraser Coast regions, gathered at Gunabul Homestead in Gympie for the conference.

Gympie publicity officer Wendy Jakeman said this was the first time the annual conference in Gympie. "Members came from as far south as Bribie Island and Caboolture and as far north as Hervey Bay and Fraser Coast, so Gympie was a natural choice of venue," Wendy said.

"Thanks must go to the local National Councillor Barbara Cameron who hosted the conference and hails from Gympie."

Gympie Regional Council Deputy Mayor Bob Leitch welcomed everyone and invited them all to explore the Gympie region during their stay. The keynote speaker was The Smith Family Queensland manager Alan LeMay.

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.

Wendy said that Alan LeMay spoke about their goal to sponsor an additional 24,000 students (presently nearly 34,000 are being sponsored) over the next five years.

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," Wendy said.


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