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Removing barriers and making books accessible for babies

Removing barriers and making books accessible for babies

The Central Australian Aboriginal Congress CAAC) who receive books from our Book Supply Program says the program is “absolutely making a difference” in the children’s early developmental learning. For most of these families, many of whom are transient and with meagre financial means, “the last thing on their mind is buying a book for their kids”.   On the outskirts of Alice Springs, and further afield in Aboriginal communities including St Theresa and Amoonguna, nurses from the Central Australian Aboriginal Congress CAAC) are distributing books on a regular basis to babies and their mothers. “We give them out at key developmental milestones,”...

  • Posted 12 October, 2017


The multiple effects of access to the printed world

The multiple effects of access to the printed world

Until 10 years ago there was very little printed material on Palm Island in Northern Queensland, not even any street signs. But now, since our Foundation has been supplying books to the Palm Island Community Company, toddlers and pre-schoolers are building important vocabulary and reading skills.   Our Foundation has been supplying books to the Palm Island Community Company PICC) for just a year, but already they are having an impact. Even in that short time, PICC staff have noted significant changes. A book corner has been set up at the playgroup run by PICC and, says Project Officer Ray Armit, “The...

  • Posted 03 October, 2017


A storm bird takes flight

A storm bird takes flight

Author David Lawrence shares his experience mentoring this year's Create Initiative workshops with Tiwi College.  The brief from ILF Executive Director Karen Williams over the phone was very straight forward: We'd like you and Shelley Ware to mentor 10 students from the Tiwi Islands as they write and illustrate a story 39;Simples' I thought. Oh, and the book will be printed and launched by Penguin Random House continued Karen. Mmm, that's a bit more pressure, but still And the whole process has to be completed within five days What? Five days! No way! That's impossible! Sure count me in," I...

  • Posted 20 September, 2017


Indigenous Literacy Day at Sydney Opera House

Indigenous Literacy Day at Sydney Opera House

It’s always exciting to celebrate Indigenous Literacy Day at Sydney Opera House and this morning was no exception. The program kicked off with Natalie Ahmat from NITV welcoming 200 kids and their teachers from schools across Sydney. Uncle Ray Davison made the Welcome to Gadigal Country, telling the children “The future belongs to you.” Musician, composer and ILF ambassador Josh Pyke then took to the stage. After a few quick try-outs the entire audience was singing along to “Words Make the World Go Round”, the song Josh co-wrote last year with Justine Clarke and the Gawura Choir from St Andrews...

  • Posted 06 September, 2017


Waratah Day Fundraiser - 30 Sept

Waratah Day Fundraiser - 30 Sept

You are invited to come and pick waratahs on Wombat Farm in Wingello in the Southern Highlands of NSW. Pick and buy eight beautiful waratahs for $25. All proceeds will be donated to our Foundation. Entry is free but bookings are essential. RSVP HERE...

  • Posted 04 September, 2017