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The Indigenous Literacy Foundation is doing what governments and education departments should be doing for our first Australians. It takes books, lots of books and resources to remote communities to provide the magic and mystery of stories to kids who need them. Books that will improve the lives and literacy of kids who are at a disadvantage and outside the mainstream of opportunity.
It’s a NFP charity working with the Australian Publishers Association, the Australian Booksellers Association and the Australian Association of Authors. And some special ambassadors including my favourite Play School star, Justine Clarke.
Clarke came to town to promote the work and success of the foundation at a wine, whiskey, beer tasting with pizza and pies munching and auction at King O’Malley’s to raise funds leading up to the 2 September Indigenous Literacy Day where in Sydney Jessica Mauboy, ILF’s newest ambassador will entertain and encourage involvement from what’s expected to be a big audience.
Books we take for granted. They’re accessible, essential and pleasurable. That our remote indigenous communities don’t have the kind of reading resources we have, is something to rectify. And you can help, check out the website, indigenousliteracyfoundation.org.au and find a way to support this initiative.