BOQ Appeals to Community to dig Deep for Disadvantaged Kids This Christmas

Monday, 01/11/2010

BOQ teams across the country are helping The Smith Family collect thousands of new toys and books for disadvantaged children this Christmas as part of the non-profit’s national Toy and Book Appeal.

The BOQ branches will act as a drop-off point for new toys and books donated by generous members of the local community throughout November.

BOQ’s Managing Director & CEO David Liddy said sadly thousands of Aussie kids go without a gift during the holiday season simply because their families can’t afford it.

“We all know Christmas is a time for giving and we really hope that people around Australia throw their support behind the appeal so we can help put a smile on these children’s faces this Christmas,” said Mr Liddy.

“We’re hoping to collect a lot of books for the nine to 12 year old age group as in the past this has been the group that The Smith Family hasn’t received enough donations for,” he said.

“All people need to do is drop a book or toy into any BOQ branch during November and we’ll be more than happy to act as Santa’s elves on behalf of The Smith Family and the Bank!

“We really hope to give financially disadvantaged Aussie kids a memorable Christmas this year.”

Some suggested authors for the nine to 12 year age group include: Tori Kosara, Leigh Hobbs, Andy Griffiths, Dr Karl Kruszelnicki, Joseph Delaney, Copstead, Deborah Abela, Richard Newsome, Jackie French, Knox and Bilkuei, Angie Sage, Colin Thompson, and Morris Gleitzman.

Executive Director of Engagement at The Smith Family, Paul Henderson said, “This year with the help of BOQ and caring Australians, The Smith Family aims to deliver over 17,000 Toy & Book Packs to disadvantaged children around Australia.”

“We thank the Australian community for its long standing and passionate commitment towards helping The Smith Family create a brighter Christmas and future for disadvantaged kids,” said Paul.

In the week before Christmas the gifts will be packaged into parcels and delivered by The Smith Family volunteers to children who currently receive The Smith Family’s education and learning support.

About The Smith Family
The Smith Family is a national, independent non-profit organisation supporting disadvantaged children to reach their potential through education and learning opportunities. For more information visit