Andy Griffiths, ILF Ambassador
Is your school or workplace holding a Great Book Swap this year? It always promises to be an exciting event where a love of reading and books is combined with raising funds for Indigenous literacy. This year, we hope to raise over $200,000 to buy 20,000 books for remote communities.
Register before 30 April for your chance to win some great book prizes!
You can make a difference!
Did you know that only 25% of Indigenous students in very remote areas are at the minimum reading standard, compared to 90% of non-Indigenous students? We are set to change the stats, but we need your help!
The ILF's vision is equity for opportunity in remote communities across Australia, by lifting literacy levels and instilling a lifelong love of reading. They do this through our three core programs: Book Supply, Book Buzz and Community Literacy Projects. Their Book Supply program has delivered more than 200,000 new books to over 250 communities nationally, and in 2017 they aim to gift another 65,000 books!
The Great Book Swap is a fantastic way to celebrate reading locally, and raise much-needed funds for remote communities. Schools, workplaces, book clubs and all kinds of organisations can host one. The idea is to swap a favourite book in exchange for another, for a gold coin donation.
Last year, the ILF raised over $160,000, and this year they hope to raise $200,000 to gift 20,000 new books to remote Indigenous communities.
We hope that you will register for Indigenous Literacy Day - Wednesday 6 September, and be part of the national event. Other great times to hold a Great Book Swap are during NAIDOC week, National Reconciliation Week, Children's Book Week, or National Literacy and Numeracy Week.