Ampol’s Winter Appeal raises $370k for The Smith Family

Ampol has raised more than $370,000 to support the education of young Australians through The Smith Family’s Learning Clubs program.

The fundraising campaign involved donations at counter and 10c donations per item sold from a selected range of products at Ampol stores throughout July. The funds raised will support ongoing operation of Learning Clubs, which provides homework, literacy, and numeracy support, along with tutoring and a dedicated learning space on school grounds or in community centres. 

Through Learning Clubs, The Smith Family with its community partners, provides primary or secondary school students with:

• Weekly opportunities to access support that develops their academic and social skills through homework, literacy, numeracy, or science support.

• Skilled tutors who provide one-on-one to small group support, with volunteers and partners filling this role.

• A learning space on school grounds or in community centres at least once a week over 20 weeks or more, with sessions running for a minimum of one hour or more.

Kate Thomson, Ampol Executive General Manager, Retail Australia, said this campaign aligns with the Ampol Foundation’s focus on supporting education programs that can change long-term outcomes for children living with disadvantage.

“We know the work The Smith Family does is so important, particularly their Learning Clubs, which provide a safe, supportive out-of-school learning environment. These clubs help students develop their academic and social skills through homework, literacy, and numeracy support.”

The fundraising campaign extends Ampol’s ongoing corporate sponsorship of 480 students participating in The Smith Family’s Learning for Life program.

The Smith Family CEO, Doug Taylor, said Ampol’s contribution will help students participate in Learning Club activities that develop their academic skills.

“We’d like to thank Ampol and their loyal customers for supporting our Winter Appeal once again this year. Our Learning Clubs program can be life-changing for children in need, helping them to overcome educational inequality caused by poverty and create better futures for themselves.

“We are proud to partner with Ampol, a company that is deeply committed to supporting the local communities in which they work right across Australia. Through their partnership with us, they provide significant financial support to help young Australians in their education.

“Together, we can help create a better future for our children, families and communities – and build a society that’s more inclusive for all.”

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