Caring for her 85 year old father and running her own cleaning business keeps Judy busy; but at least with the support of The Smith Family alleviating some financial pressure, she is able to find a balance between spending quality time with Melanie.
The financial support has also helped Judy pay for excursions for Melanie, like a recent trip to Canberra to visit Parliament House. "Mel loved her excursion in Canberra; she loved Parliament House and learnt so much. Things like excursions are a great opportunity for the kids to go out there and see what happens. I think that whether they come from a good home, or from an underprivileged family, they all need to experience those things."
For Judy, Learning for Life support is about so much more than the help the family receives today. It's all about the future. Melanie is already looking ahead to high school next year having visited last term. "She is really looked forward to starting. She can't wait to get up there and conquer High School now!"
Melanie can't wait either and with thanks to her sponsor is thriving in her final year of primary school. "To my sponsor, I say 'thank you for helping'," Melanie says. "They are important because they help with mum and with the school and those sorts of things."
But in the meantime, Melanie has plenty on her plate, finishing Year 6 and completing her role as school captain. She describes the task as "a pretty big responsibility" but says she chose to do it "so that the little kids have someone good to look up to."
Melanie, we think you're great.