VIEW Clubs of Australia announced Her Excellency Mrs Linda Hurley would be the first ever patron in the organisation's 60-year history.
As a passionate advocate for children's education, Mrs Hurley was a perfect fit for the leading women's national volunteer organisation and joins 15,000 members in 300 VIEW Clubs around Australia who give tirelessly in their local communities to support young Australians in need.
As the wife of Governor-General David Hurley and former teacher, Mrs Hurley had close ties to communities across Australia and said she saw first-hand the transformational power education has on young people.
"[Education] really does change lives which is why what VIEW does to help young people is so important to me," Mrs Hurley said.
"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."
VIEW stands for the Voice, Interests and Education of Women and helps women from all walks of life to meet regularly, establish lasting friendships and help disadvantaged Australian children.
South Coast VIEW Representative Lyn Gerstenberg said the organisation was extremely proud to announce the new partnership with Mrs Hurley, who demonstrated the qualities of a VIEW member every day.
"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," Ms Gerstenberg said.
"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."
Last year, VIEW celebrated their 60th anniversary as a national women's volunteer organisation.
"Her Excellency's appointment with VIEW will lift our profile and further enhance our continuing growth as we look towards our next 60 years," Ms Gerstenberg said.
"We look forward to working with Mrs Hurley, who we know will be a valuable supporter of our work now and into the future."
Anyone interested in becoming a member can visit www.view.org.au for further information.