This week, Jetstar announced our Foundation as the latest recipient of a $30,000 Flying Start grant. The grant will help us provide over 280 Indigenous communities across the country with books and literacy resources, as well as assist in raising community awareness and support of our work.
The grant, comprising $15,000 in Jetstar flights and $15,000 cash, will assist us in providing an additional 1,500 books and literacy resources to Australian communities that need them most.
Our Executive Director, Karen Williams, is confident that the grant will help our Foundation to supply culturally relevant and engaging books and literacy materials to many Australian Aboriginal children.
“We are enormously excited to be awarded the Flying Start grant and to be embarking on a new partnership with Jetstar which allows us to gift more books to remote communities across Australia in 2020.”
“Accessing remote communities is no easy feat, so we are thrilled to begin working with Jetstar to send our program team around the country to oversee our Book Supply program.”
Jetstar’s Head of Group Operations and Flying Start judge, Kate Cotter, said the judging panel was thrilled to support the ILF and proud that the grant will have a significant community impact.
“We are pleased that our Jetstar Flying Start grant will be able to support the Indigenous Literacy Foundation in its work with children and families in some of Australia’s most remote communities,” said Cotter.
“The Jetstar flight component will assist the foundation’s program team to aid literacy development by accessing more of the country in 2020 and the cash component will see more than a thousand books purchased and provided to Indigenous children.”
Since its inception, our Foundation has supplied 350,000 books to more than 280 Australian Aboriginal communities and has an ambition to expand its impact next year, our tenth anniversary.
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