Our ILF team visited Katherine (NT) last week to celebrate the launch of our first Community Literacy Project for 2019!
The launch was held at Macfarlane Primary School in Katherine, and recognised the fantastic work of the Katherine 7 who collaborated with ILF Ambassador David Lawrence to write the book Damo Makes His Mark – kindly supported by Hawthorn Football Club and Clontarf Foundation.
“I was with the seven authors and we talked a lot about writing a book and the boys said it had to be [of] our words, our places and our people, and it had to be about a boy who plays footy” says David Lawrence. “It’s a cracking read!” he adds.
Hawthorn FC players Jarman Impey, Conor Nash and Matthew Walker travelled from Melbourne to the Top End to join students and Katherine Mayor Fay Miller.
“They are setting a great example for the students here today and I couldn’t be prouder” says Katherine Mayor Fay Miller.
Damo Makes His Mark is an action-packed story about an AFL-mad boy from Binjari community who strives to be a great footy player. The story explores aspirations, adventure, remote living, football and family, acknowledging some of the challenges faced by many youth - such as bullying.
“The Katherine 7 have demonstrated that hard work and working as a team really does pay off. This great book is a result of their collaborative efforts and the mentorship and guidance of ILF Ambassador David Lawrence. Although fictionalised, the book represents many aspects of the young authors lives. It’s one that many other Indigenous children could relate to or see themselves reflected in” says ILF Program Manager Tina Raye.
What an incredible and ambitious project – and such great success for a group of young men who were reluctant readers and writers, and who all displayed a fantastic effort to write a complete story in less than a week. The book was presented to all students present for the launch, and will be distributed throughout our Book Supply program to kids across Australia this year.
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