Beyond the practical support, Tilly gained a huge amount of self-belief. This became the force driving her to do great things.
“Having my sponsors write to me and cheer me on was always motivating. It was nice to know that someone cared,” said Tilly.
"When I was young I had no idea about uni and never thought I would be capable of going to uni. After a few of my older sisters were helped through university by The Smith Family, I had new role models. I realised that I could dream big."
“I am currently a full-time mental health practitioner and NDIS Liaison. Last year I completed my Honours Degree in a Bachelor of Psychological Science. It was hard work, but very fulfilling. I am hoping to one day get into Masters so I can become a Clinical Psychologist.”
With a bright future ahead of her, Tilly will always be grateful to the sponsors, supporters and volunteers who have given her so much. And she plans to keep inspiring other disadvantaged students to be their best.