Join music legend Archie Roach, bestselling authors and lovers of the AFL to kick on for literacy and help raise urgently needed funds for books in remote communities.
For the third year running, National Reconciliation Week and Sir Doug Nicholl’s round of the AFL will be celebrated by lovers of books and football, as hundreds gather at Melbourne University on May 30 for the annual Kick on for Literacy (KOFL) fundraising event.
In a new partnership, the Epic Good Foundation and Hawthorn Football Club have joined forces with Queen’s College to raise funds for our Foundation (ILF).
This year’s event will feature a performance by ARIA Award winner Archie Roach and a guest appearance by Australia’s bestselling children’s author, Andy Griffiths - our Lifetime Ambassador and an author passionate about getting more books into the hands of some of Australia’s most disadvantaged children.
The night’s entertainment will feature a debate with Dr Anita Heiss (author and ILF Lifetime Ambassador), Belinda Duarte (AFL Woman of the Year 2012) and Graeme Simsion (author), who’ll argue that the library is sexier than the locker room. Their opponents will be Tanya Hosch (AFL Inclusion and Social Policy), David Lawrence (author and ILF ambassador) and Campbell Brown (2008 HFC Premiership player). The debate will be moderated by the Outer Sanctum’s, Emma Race.
There will be a live auction of signed Hawthorn guernseys and a fantastic game-day experience, as well as a range of raffle prizes. The night will see the culmination of an online auction of a Maton guitar signed by Archie Roach, AFL boots hand painted by Luke Penrith of Savvy Penny Link and artwork by Brenda L Croft and Thomas Day.
Stuart Giles, co-founder of the Epic Good Foundation who partners with both the HFC and the ILF, says, “We are keen to assist where we can in closing the literacy gap and we are happy to assist the delivery of literacy resources into communities where kids also love playing the game of AFL. We also know that the work of the ILF is integral to creating greater opportunities for those children who don’t enjoy the benefits that local libraries provide in urban areas.”
The Hawthorn FC is on the same page as Stuart Giles, with CEO Justin Reeves declaring “Hawthorn Football Club is committed to improving educational and health outcomes of Australia’s Indigenous communities. Through our partnership with the Epic Good Foundation, the club is proud to be able to support the fantastic work that the Indigenous Literacy Foundation is undertaking.”
Dr Stewart Gill, Master of Queen’s College says of co-hosting this year’s KOFL, “We are very happy to be partnering with the Epic Good Foundation and the Hawthorn Football Club to co-host the ILF Kick on For Literacy as reconciliation is one of the core pillars in our strategic plan, and literacy is the first step towards an education that can transform and enrich lives.”
Tickets to Kick on for Literacy are $100 and include dinner and drinks. You can book online here.
Place your bids on the online auction items here!
Wednesday 30 May
6:30 PM - 11:00 PM
Eakins Dining Hall
Queens College, University of Melbourne
1–17 College Crescent, Parkville, VIC 3052
Seating is limited so booking is essential. BOOK NOW.