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- author Jackie French

Wednesday 30 November 2011

Recipients of our Massive Book Giveaway


It was an overwhelming experience receiving nominations for our first ever massive book giveaway. You can imagine how tough it was to single out just two recipients from a stash of superbly deserving entries.

We have, nonetheless, carefully weighed up the entrants, and made our decision.

Our older reader book pack, valued at over $1000, will go to:
Matong Public School in rural New South Wales, nominated by Valerie McKelvie. Valerie says these books will be a priceless addition to the school's students.

Our younger reader book pack, valued at over $1000, will go to:
Marymead, a Canberran, community-based not-for-profit organisation with a 43 year history of supporting vulnerable and disadvantaged children and families, to provide hope and positive change. Nominated by Christine Evans.

Driven to help as many of the nominees as we possibly could, KBR managed to do a few song and dances, and rustled up a second younger reader book pack, also valued at over $1000. This pack goes to:
Children's Book Council of Australia ACT Branch Children's Christmas Book Appeal, whose volunteers collect and disseminate books to needy children through the aid of Family Services, Care and Protection, and women's refuges. Nominated by Jill Howard and Rachael Hind.

We have also awarded a picture book set valued at over $350 to:
Tupou Tertiary Institute in the Kingdom of Tonga, where Helen Laidlaw, an Australian volunteer librarian, works with local children, teaching them English and expanding their literacy skills. Nominated by Helen Laidlaw and Jodie McAlister.

Running this nomination process has been an emotional ride for us at KBR. There are so many amazing people doing phenomenal things for literacy, both in our country and abroad. Thank you to everyone for nominating very worthy recipients for this giveaway and congrats to those who will benefit from the books. 

Thank you, too, to all those who take pride in giving children the best possible start to life - through the magic of books.

If you are interested in learning more about bringing literacy awareness to Australians - both children and adults - head to the National Year of Reading website and learn about all the exciting events and opportunities unfolding around the nation in 2012.