Her Excellency Mrs Linda Hurley becomes VIEW’s very first Patron


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VIEW Clubs of Australia (VIEW) is delighted to announce Her Excellency Mrs Linda Hurley as the organisation’s first ever Patron.

As a passionate advocate for children’s education, and with close ties to communities across Australia as the wife of the GovernorGeneral, Mrs Hurley is the perfect fit to

represent the organisation. She joins 15,000 members who give tirelessly in their local communities to support young Australians in need.

VIEW, which celebrated its 60th anniversary in 2020, is a national women’s volunteer organisation. More than 300 VIEW clubs across Australia provide members with the opportunity to connect with others in the community, establish lasting friendships and help Australian children experiencing disadvantage through supporting the work of children’s education charity, The Smith Family.

“I’m honoured to be VIEW’s very first Patron. I have long admired the work VIEW members do in their communities, including their fabulous fundraising events, inspiring monthly lunches, fun-filled social activities and importantly, their generous sponsorship of students in need through The Smith Family,” Mrs Hurley said.

“As a teacher, I’ve seen firsthand the transformational power education has on young people. It really does change lives, which is why what VIEW does to help young people is so important to me.”

VIEW National President Anne-Louise O’Connor, said the organisation is extremely proud to announce the new partnership with Mrs Hurley, who demonstrates the qualities of a VIEW member every day in her role. “Her Excellency is a leader in the community and a champion for women working together, generously giving back to communities with genuine interest and care.

“With a long career in education, Mrs Hurley is passionate about supporting young Australians in need to succeed at school – a purpose that has driven VIEW members to collectively become The Smith Family’s largest community sponsor of students on the Learning for Life program,” said Mrs O’Connor. “Her Excellency’s appointment with VIEW will enhance our continuing growth as we look towards our next 60 years. We look forward to working with Mrs Hurley, who we know will be a valuable supporter of our work now and into the future.”

Mrs Hurley and The Governor-General of Australia, His Excellency General the Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Retd) have been involved in VIEW’s activities over many years. In October 2020, they hosted a small reception for VIEW members and representatives from The Smith Family to celebrate VIEW’s Diamond Jubilee 60th Anniversary.