A Hunter-based club has spent more than five decades helping disadvantaged children.
Full of passionate women, the Hunter VIEW Club assists as many students as it can by raising money for The Smith Family.
The group is one of hundreds of clubs across Australia to celebrate 60 years as an organisation.
VIEW, which stands for the Voice, Interests and Education of Women, has had a profound impact on its members in the Hunter.
Hunter VIEW Club Publicity Officer, Elaine Amos, says it helps her feel like she is supporting her region.
“I’ve been a member for three or four years and I have made friends and feel like I am contributing to the community,” she says.
“We raise money for The Smith Family to help sponsor school students. We donate money to them so they can go on excursions and do things they wouldn’t normally be able to do.
“We help kids who do not have much at all.”
Program Officer and Former Secretary, Christine Atkins, adds the club sponsors six students through its partnership with The Smith Family.
“We’re quite pleased we can sponsor that many kids,” she says.
“One is in university, one is doing the HSC, four are in secondary school, and one is in primary school.”
To celebrate the organisation’s Diamond Jubilee, VIEW Clubs of Australia has partnered with women’s fashion brand, Black Pepper.
A limited-edition scarf is available to purchase online and in Black Pepper’s retail stores throughout October, with $10 from each sale to be donated to The Smith Family.
Last year, VIEW raised more than $1.2 million for the education charity and is proud to be the largest community sponsor of its flagship program, Learning for Life.
Anyone interested in finding out more about VIEW or becoming a member should visit its website or call 1800 805 366.
Ms Amos urges anyone who is interested to try it out.
“Come along and give it a try,” she says.
“You can come three times and meet the ladies; we are a very friendly club and after the three visits you’ll know if you want to join.
“The companionship of the other ladies is really good, it is really nice to go along and meet everyone and catch up because, particularly in the times we are in now, we can be quite isolated.”