USANA Australia has strengthened their partnership with The
Smith Family children’s charity following a meeting at the USANA Australia head
office last Wednesday, February 10.
During the meeting a $40,000 cheque, which was pledged at
USANA’s 2016 Celebration event in Melbourne, was presented to The Smith
Family’s CEO Dr. Lisa O’Brien, and Business Development Manager Paul Hooper by
USANA Australia General Manager, Geoff Watt and USANA Australia Finance and
Operations Manager Vicki Newby.
The funds were donated by USANA Associates and staff
throughout the year and will support The Smith Family’s Learning for Life program,
which allows disadvantaged children in Australia to participate fully in their
education, giving them the chance to create a better future.
The Smith Family’s Learning for Life program supports
disadvantaged children and their families by providing financial support to pay
for the basics children need for school such as books, shoes and a complete
school uniform. Families are also linked to Learning for Life
coordinators who support children and their parents or carers with school
attendance and engagement, as well as helping them connect with out-of-school
learning support programs if needed.
The Smith Family currently supports more than 34,000 students through Learning for Life
USANA Australia General Manager, Geoff Watt, said he’s proud that USANA continues to partner with The Smith
Family, which helps create opportunities for disadvantaged children and young
people through its Learning for Life program.
“Providing education has been
shown to be the most effective way to break the cycle of disadvantage,” Mr Watt
said. “Breaking this cycle is the first step in helping individuals achieve
‘True Health’ the vision of the Foundation.”
He said a “special thanks must also go to the thousands of USANA independent
distributors who contribute and help raise these funds”.
The Smith Family’s CEO Dr. Lisa O’Brien said “thanks to the
continuing support of USANA, we can ensure more disadvantaged children get the
long-term assistance they need to attend school, engage in their learning and
complete Year 12”.
“Education is the enabler to help a child create a better
future and it is the best chance they have to avoid a lifetime of disadvantage,”
During the meeting both organisations were also able to
discuss and work through ideas of how to strengthen the partnership between the
two through 2016 and beyond.
These ideas will be presented to the USANA True Health
Foundation Board of Directors and USANA’s Global Directors and will show the
benefits of how USANA is making a difference through a continual partnership.
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