David & The Big Heavy

David & the Big Heavy

David & the Big Heavy focuses on the true story of a young boy living with the burden of disadvantage, who discovers a little help can go a long way. His story and the hardships he endures represents countless cases faced by children from disadvantaged families. These problems are far-reaching and affect all areas of their lives including their social and educational development and their self-esteem.

David & the Big Heavy - A true story.

About Tales of the One in Six

Tales of the ‘One In Six’ is an animated web series based on the real stories of Australian children from disadvantaged backgrounds, who struggle daily with the effects of financial hardship.

The stories are drawn from the challenging but inspiring stories of children who have overcome adversity, thanks to the generosity of people like you. 

Using a simple animated style, together with elements of traditional fairy tales, these short films will draw you into the inner world of these children to reveal their stories of hardship and transformation.

Thousands of disadvantaged children are at risk

David is just one of the six1 Australian children living in poverty today.

From the moment they are born, there’s an increased risk of these children falling through the cracks. Growing up in a jobless family where basic necessities are hard to come by, means disadvantaged children miss out on early learning experiences and opportunities that other children receive. Then, when they start school they’re already behind.

Without the learning skills and support they need, they struggle to keep up. In fact, by the time they are 15, they’ll be almost 3 years behind other children in their reading ability. As the gap between them and their classmates widens their confidence erodes, their self-esteem crumbles, leaving them feeling overwhelmed, lonely and isolated.

Your donation will ensure disadvantaged Australian children receive critical, out-of-school learning support through our life-changing programs.

1Poverty in Australia, 2018, ACOSS/UNSW Report.

2Australian Government (2016) Australian Early Development Census National Report, 2015: A snapshot of early childhood development in Australian, DET: Canberra.

3Thomson et al, 2011, Challenges for Australian Education: Results from PISA 2009.

4Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority 2012. National Report on Schooling in Australia 2010: Additional statistics.

5Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations, 2008, Review of Australian Higher Education Final Report.