In my last blog you may have read Tristan Bancks’s Top Ten Tips for Book Week. One of those ideas was “Give the Treasure of Reading” and support global literacy nonprofit Room to Read to help children in developing countries in Asia and Africa develop their love of reading.
Tristan is one of about 20 Australian kids’ writers who support Room to Read as ‘writer ambassadors’. Every year Tristan leads a fundraising initiative called the World Change Challenge. This year it’s ’50 Schools Supporting 50 Girls’ and Room to Read are looking for 50 Australian schools each to support one or more girls to complete a year’s education in Room to Read’s Girls’ Education Program.
Deborah Abela, another of Room to Read’s amazing ambassadors, has created this video to promote this campaign.
Imagine that by raising just $365 your school could help a girl continue studying past primary school and into secondary school. With just $365 Room to Read can provide school uniforms or a bike so she can get to school safely and easily. They also provide academic support so that she has the best chance of succeeding in her exams. They fund a mentor who can help with problem-solving and offers moral support and encouragement just when she needs it most. Finally, girls are enrolled in life skills training to help them make effective decisions and learn communication skills that could impact their whole life.
Join Room to Read by organising a fundraising activity between now and the end of the school year. It would be AWESOME to do something during Book Week but if time is short then maybe plan something for International Day of the Girl Child, 11th October. If you’re wondering what to do, check out a list of ideas that Tristan Bancks has on his website. Plan something fun, easy and remember that every dollar makes a HUGE difference.
For more information on the 2018 campaign see here.