Bringing books to the communities

Posted: August 23, 2009 in Events, Reading
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It’s a good day when you learn something new. Tonight at Riverbend Books in Brisbane, I learned what the good people in Australia’s book industry are doing to address the crisis in indigenous literacy.

Through the Indigenous Literacy Project,  they are raising money to put books in the hands of Aboriginal children in 140 communities around Australia.

If you would like to help, put this date in your calendar, Wednesday 2 September, Indigenous Literacy Day.  Then click on this link Indigenous Literacy Project : How Individuals Can Get Involved. You’ll see how easy it is to help books change people’s lives.

  1. leemcgowan says:

    ILP and the people involved are doing some amazing work. And they need and they need the support. Nice work Chris.

    • chrisbongers says:

      Lee, you’d know better than most what an inspiration Suzy Wilson from Riverbend has been in promoting books to indigenous communities. She started in 2004 providing books to 3 communities and this year is part of an amazing program to bring books to 140 communities around Australia. It’s a cause we should all get behind.

  2. I love this kind of work where you can reach out to others and make a huge impact. I worked for several years nursing a range of indigenous kids in W.A who were from remote communities so I know how isolated they are. This project will change lives. The book swaps sound great. Thanks for posting this. I will definitely get amongst it for the 2nd. XO

    • chrisbongers says:

      Lynn, Avid Reader is running a Book Swap this Friday 28 August. Local authors Krissy Kneen and Belinda Jeffrey will be there, so it’s a fantastic chance to catch up and support a great cause.

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