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Challengers pay the full cost of the event so 100% of donations go directly to The Smith Family programs

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About the challenge

Since 2008, the Challenge has supported The Smith Family in raising nearly $4million to help children in need to break the cycle of disadvantage through education.

The Smith Family Challenge is an exhilarating 100km off road adventure held over two days. Teams of four navigate by foot, bike and on water to the finish line. Challengers pay the full cost of the event so 100% of donations go directly to The Smith Family programs
For 1 in 7 Australian children growing up in disadvantage, it can limit their choices, opportunities and outcomes in life. Investing in their education delivers long-term positive benefits for them, their family and potentially generations to come.
All funds raised by the Challengers will help to provide these children with practical essentials like school books, shoes, bags, uniforms and the support they need to keep up at school and realise their full potential.

Thank you for your support

"The Smith Family does extraordinary work with the young people of Australia, giving them hope for a self-supported future. In March 2018, The Challenge will offer some of Australia's most privileged a chance to give something back. We put ourselves through two days of competition, funding everything ourselves and are always supported amazingly by generous sponsors. Thanks in advance for your interest, energy and financial support. And welcome one and all, participants, sponsors and other supporters to TSFC 2018!"
Tony Davis
Non-Executive Director
The Smith Family

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      About The Smith Family

      The Smith Family is a leading children’s education charity helping disadvantaged young Australians to succeed at school, so they can create better futures for themselves.

      Today, one in 7 Australian children lives in disadvantage *, where even life's basics are hard to come by. When families are experiencing financial disadvantage, children can fall behind in their learning, leaving them more vulnerable to experiencing hardship themselves later in life.

      Investing in the education of a disadvantaged child today has long-term benefits for them, their families and the communities they live in. By supporting a disadvantaged child to participate fully in their education, they can achieve better life outcomes overall.

      The Smith Family supports children in need through Learning for Life. This program helps them to participate more fully in their education through a three-step approach. Financial, practical and emotional support supports their educational journey throughout their school years. This innovative, evidence-based approach is improving the attendance and attainment rates for disadvantaged children at school, and in addition is enabling them to be engaged in higher education studies or work after leaving the program.

      In the last year our work reached more than 124,000 disadvantaged children and families in 94 communities across Australia.

      *Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics (2013) Labour Force Australia: Labour force status and other characteristics of families, June 2012