Thursday, June 4, 2009

Indigenous Literacy Day: Fundraising and Book Donations Being Taken

The 2009 Indigenous Literacy Day

The third Indigenous Literacy Day will be held on Wednesday September 2 2009.

In 2009 in conjunction with our partner, The Fred Hollows Foundation, we are hoping to raise $250,000 to provide books and literacy resources for remote Indigenous communities. On that day participating bookshops, publishers and businesses will donate a percentage of their sales (or make a donation) while schools hold fundraising activities. We invite everyone to get involved by purchasing a book from participating bookshops on September 2 or making a donation. Events will be held across Australia leading up to and on the day including the first Great Book Swap.

The monies raised will provide books and literacy resources in homes, community centres, womens' centres, schools, health centres in the Northern Territory, Queensland, New South Wales, South Australia and Western Australia.

The Indigenous Literacy Project (ILP) is a partnership between the Australian Book Industry and The Fred Hollows Foundation.

Working closely with the Australian Booksellers Association and the Australian Publishers Association, The Fred Hollows Foundation purchases and supplies books and other culturally appropriate learning materials to remote communities where The Foundation works. Communities select and order reading material from catalogues and sample books provided by The Australian Booksellers Association. The Fred Hollows Foundation staff also identify other literacy needs. The books are then supplied to schools, libraries, early learning centres such as crèches, women's Centres and other identified institutions, to enhance their pool of literacy resources.

Our major fundraising effort in 2009 is Indigenous Literacy Day to be held on Wednesday September 2 2009.


We began five years ago at Riverbend Books in Queensland with a simple question. What could we do to help address the current literacy crisis in remote Indigenous communities? We were deeply concerned that illiteracy in many of these communities was a common and critical barrier to the full, healthy and happy life many of us take for granted. Low literacy is consistently linked to poor health, social and economic outcomes.

More simply we couldn’t imagine a world without books and reading.

We now operate across Australia with the full and enthusiastic support of the Australian Book Industry as the Indigenous Literacy Project.

You can read more about our history here.

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