Reading is part of the building blocks of life. Without reading educational development is severely limited which also means future economic and social opportunities will be lost. But readingis much more than that. Reading unlocks our imaginations and allows our minds to travel wherever an author wants to take us. Reading shows us that there is no limit to what we can do and what we can achieve. Not being able to read is a severe impediment to any child’s development and happiness. For there to be communities in Australia in 2011 where illiteracy rates are as high as 90% is a national disgrace and needs to be addressed which is exactly what the Indigenous Literacy Foundation is doing.
Wednesday September 7 is the 5th annual Indigenous Literacy Day. Created by the Indigenous Literacy Foundation the day “aims to help raise funds to raise literacy levels and improve the lives and opportunities of Indigenous Australians living in remote and isolated regions. We need your support to help raise funds to buy books and literacy resources for these communities.” Participating booksellers and publishers are asked to donate 5% or more of their taking on the day to Indigenous Literacy Foundation. Many schools raise money by participating in The Great Book Swap.
Pages & Pages Booksellers is a huge supporter of the Indigenous Literacy Foundation. Every Christmas, Mothers Day and Fathers Day we run a free gift wrapping service and collect gold coin donations for the Indigenous Literacy Foundation. For Indigenous Literacy Day we wanted to be able to raise more money than 5% of our sales.
When we came up with the idea for Book Busking we couldn’t think of a more appropriate day than Indigenous Literacy Day. Book Busking involves standing or sitting out the front of our bookshop and reading aloud from a favourite book. What could be better than sharing your favourite story while at the same time raising money and awareness for those who don’t yet know the joy of reading. We launched Book Busking last year and raised over $3000 for the Indigenous Literacy Foundation. This year we held Book Busking on National Bookshop Day and raised over $800 and are holding it again on Indigenous Literacy Day.
We have some fantastic Book Buskers lined up but still have places available if you want to book a spot. Otherwise come along and support our buskers who include:
- Walter Mason, author of Destination Saigon, busking at 9:10am
- P. M. Newton, author of The Old School, busking at 11:50am
- Robbie Buck, host of Evenings on ABC 702 Sydney radio , busking at 12:10pm
- Charlotte Wood, author of Animal People, busking at 12:30pm
- Mandy Sayer, author of Love In The Years Of Lunacy, busking at 12:50pm
- Malcolm Knox, author of The Life, busking at 1:10pm
You can also support the Indigenous Literacy Foundation by purchasing THE NAKED BOY AND THE CROCODILE. This delightful publication edited by Andy Griffiths contains thirteen stories by students from Indigenous communities. All Royalties go to the Indigenous Literacy Foundation.