On Wednesday 7 September 2016 Indigenous Literacy Day will kick off with a huge event at the Sydney Opera House. ILF Ambassadors Justine Clarke, Josh Pyke, Deborah Cheetham, Andy Griffiths, Richard Flanagan, Alison Lester and school children from the remotest communities in Australia, will come together in a celebration to help spread the word about improving literacy levels and opportunities for Indigenous children living in some of the most remote and isolated areas of our country.
Justine Clarke and Josh Pyke, together with children from Gawura College will be performing their new song Words Make the World Go Around. This will be followed by The Great Book Swap where hundreds of school children will bring in a gold coin donation and swap books in the northern foyer, to help raise much needed funds for the Foundation.
The ILF will also launch its latest publication, The Goanna Was Hungry, a delightful book written and illustrated by children from Tjuntjuntjara, Mt Margaret and Menzies remote schools, along and Ann James and Sally Morgan. Thirteen children from these communities will read their stories at the event.
According to Karen Williams, Executive Director of the ILF, “The Indigenous Literacy Day is our main fundraising event, and we want more schools and businesses to sign up each year. People love to share their favourite books and organising a book swap is a way to help us continue to increase literacy levels in remote Indigenous communities across Australia.”
To get involved on Indigenous Literacy Day, schools and businesses are encouraged to register for the Great Book Swap at here or make a donation here.