I’m pleased to announce I have partnered with the Indigenous Literacy Foundation to fundraise on their behalf.
ILF are a national book industry charity which aims to reduce the disadvantage experienced by children in remote Indigenous communities across Australia by lifting literacy levels and instilling a lifelong love of reading.
ILF gift new culturally appropriate books to communities that need them and have supplied more than 350,000 books to over 280 remote communities since 2004.
Book Buzz is an early literacy program designed to encourage reading in children under five and inspire their families and carers to get involved.
ILF Community Literacy Projects have published 88 books written by community, some in their first language, with the support from many of Australia’s renowned authors and illustrators.
Only 34% of Indigenous Year 5 students in very remote areas are at or above national minimum reading standards, compared to 95% for non-Indigenous students in major cities, according to the 2017 National Assessment Program for Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN).
And that’s where we all come in. Your donation will help provide books and literacy programs to remote communities where they are needed most.
$50 will put 5 books into the hands of Indigenous children in remote communities.
Throughout the year I will be donating a percentage from the sale of my novel The Halfling and the merchandise. Keep an eye on my FaceBook page for upcoming events. HINT: The first one is next month.
“Can you imagine not being able to read a newspaper, a road sign or directions on a bottle of medication? Sadly, this is a reality faced by many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders living in remote communities today.”Karen Williams, Executive Director
How to find ILF on Facebook: @IndigenousLiteracyFoundation
I’ve always been passionate about storytelling and impressed by the influence it has on people and the decisions they make in life. I love engaging with the projects I work on, diving headfirst into the research, investigation, and production of stories and articles I feel are worth writing about.