Ride for a child in need

Support a rider or team in Around the Bay 2017 and help disadvantaged Australian children to succeed at school so they can create better futures for themselves.

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How your support helps

Since 1993, Around the Bay- Ride for a child in need has supported The Smith Family in raising funds to help children in need to break the cycle of disadvantage through education.

For 1 in 7 Australian children growing up in disadvantage, it can limit their choices, opportunities and outcomes in life. Investing in their education delivers long-term positive benefits for them, their family and potentially generations to come.
All funds raised by Around the Bay riders will help to provide these children with practical essentials like school books, shoes, bags, uniforms and the support they need to keep up at school and realise their full potential.

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About The Smith Family

The Smith Family is Australia’s leading children’s education charity, helping disadvantaged young Australians to succeed at school, so they can create better futures for themselves.

Today, 1 in 7 Australian children lives in disadvantage *, where even life's basics are hard to come by. When families are experiencing financial disadvantage, children can fall behind in their learning, leaving them more vulnerable to experiencing hardship themselves later in life.

Investing in the education of a disadvantaged child today has long-term benefits for them, their families and the communities they live in. By supporting a disadvantaged child to participate fully in their education, you can break the cycle of poverty.

The Smith Family supports children in need through Learning for Life. This program helps them to participate more fully in their education through a three-step approach: Financial, practical and emotional support supports their educational journey throughout their education. This innovative, evidence-based approach is improving the attendance and attainment rates for disadvantaged children at school, and supports them to engage in higher education studies or work after leaving the program.

In the last year our work reached more than 124,000 disadvantaged children and families in 94 communities across Australia.

*ACOSS & SPRC (2016) Poverty in Australia, 2016, Australian Council of Social Services, Sydney.