HAVING access to books and learning reading skills in early childhood is absolutely vital for indigenous Australians living in remote communities.
Unfortunately, the majority will not be granted that opportunity.
That’s why Collins Booksellers in Orange was keen to get involved with the Indigenous Literacy Foundation’s great book swap and fund-raising appeal.
Collins Booksellers’ Margaret Schwebel said she learnt of the appeal at a recent conference and vowed to raise as much money as she could to assist what she described as a great, much-needed cause.
“We’re just involved purely from a fundraising perspective and our aim is to raise as much money as possible to buy as many books as possible to supply children who wouldn’t get this opportunity otherwise,” she said.
“It’s a great initiative. I can understand that a lot of indigenous children wouldn’t have access to books and that puts them behind from an early age.
“Reading is the key to future success as they grow up.”
Mrs Schwebel encouraged everyone to visit the store and make a donation to the appeal, with all funds raised going to books to distribute amount communities that need them most.
The fundraiser also coincides with Indigenous Literacy Day on September 3, and the great book swap which is underway now.
For further information visit indigenousliteracyfoundation.org.au.