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Monday 3 September 2012

National Indigenous Literacy Day

boy in car manyallaluk CROPPED - Photographer: Prudence Upton 

National Indigenous Literacy Day
5 September 2012

Thousands of school kids across Australia will hold Great Book Swaps and raise funds and awareness on Indigenous Literacy Day (ILD), Wednesday 5 September.

Now in its sixth year, the event is organised by the Indigenous Literacy Foundation and involves a host of well known authors, ambassadors and dignitaries from its Patron Therese Rein, the Governor of WA, Sally Morgan, Andy Griffiths, May O'Brien, Kate Grenville, Samuel Wagan Watson, Kaz Cooke, Kim Scott and many more.

ILF Founder Suzy Wilson said the Foundation hopes to raise awareness and importantly, funds to support literacy on 5 September.  
"Funds raised will help us buy new books and resources for kids living in the remotest parts of Australia", she said.
"One in five children living in a remote community cannot read or write to the basic minimum level. Our Foundation provides access and resources for children in these communities".

Ms Wilson said that the Foundation was hoping to raise over $150,000 and that businesses, individuals and institutions could all lend their support by making a tax deductible donation on the day.  
The Indigenous Literacy Foundation is a not-for-profit charity established with the support of the Australian Book Industry. It does not receive any government funding.  The Foundation aims to raise $600,000 in 2012 to support its programme.
Donations can be made online at www.indigenousliteracyfoundation.org.au/donate or by calling: (02) 93192883
Click here to see a press release and click here to download images.