A view to helping students

Karen Shirley and Pam Reeves display Ocean Grove Evening View Club's banner that showcases the 15 students it sponsors. (Ivan kemp) 252542_02

By Justin Flynn

Ocean Grove Evening View Club (OGEVC) celebrated its 10th birthday this year.

During those 10 years the club has raised enough funds to sponsor 15 Learning for Life students through the Smith Family, which is a national charity helping young Australians in need to get the most out of their education .

As a leading voice and valued support network for women VIEW (Voice Interests Education for Women) actively raises awareness and participates in the work of the Smith Family.

To showcase these efforts the club recently commissioned a banner with details of the 15 students that will be on display at all future meetings and functions.

Seven of the students are from Victoria, four are from NSW, two are from Queensland and one each from WA and the Northern Territory.

“Due to the tireless efforts of club members and generous donations from local businesses the club has been able to continue support of these students especially during the continued restrictions in place during Covid 19,” OGEVC assistant treasurer Pam Reeves said.

“We keep in contact with each student by mail. We also send birthday and Christmas cards together with a $50 gift card.

“Each year the students are encouraged to send us an updated profile.”

OGEVC has a membership base of 151 and due to their tireless efforts and the generous donations from local businesses the club has been able to continue support of these students during the continued restrictions in place due to the pandemic.

The club thanked Karen Shirley for her artistic input into the banner and Ainslie and Luke who produced and donated the banner.