Our sincere thanks to the Rotary District 9780 in Victoria, who have made a donation of $30,000 to support our Foundation.
Philip Beasley has been the Governor of the Rotary District 9780 for the past year. His Partner, Judy, is the District Literary Chair and a retired teacher with 40 years of teaching experience and a passion for literacy. Last year, they chose to support our Foundation by raising money and awareness through the Rotary network.
“This project really resonated with me as I know that reading and sharing books with children from a very young age is so important in helping them develop those important pre-literacy skills and a love of reading, so they can start school with the best possible chance of success” says Judy.
The Rotary Theme was ‘Rotary Opens Opportunities’, a statement strongly related to ILF’s motto ‘Reading Opens Doors’ and our vision of ‘equity of opportunity.’
As well as raising money, Judy has raised awareness for the Foundation by giving presentations about the work we do.
Through presentations of our core programs, Judy found “Rotary Clubs were very interested in the work of the ILF and were very happy to support our project, despite the challenging year they have had due to the COVID-19 Pandemic.”
Many Rotary Clubs ran fundraisers in a range of different ways. Some events included trivia nights, a silent auction, a virtual pet show and a giant raffle. Other clubs held garden parties, or sold 3D Christmas stars at the market, donated by their local council. One Club President set up a donation tin outside their fig tree, allowing people to pick figs as long as they made a donation. They raised over $500.
Philip and Judy also hosted a ‘High Tea Garden Party’ in February this year, raising $2,500 for the ILF.
“We have really enjoyed being Champions for the Indigenous Literacy Foundation this year and have been blown away by the generous support given by all of our Rotary Clubs in District 9780.”
“We hope that our donation will help to make a difference in supporting First Nations People and assist the ILF to continue to provide books and learning materials to remote First Nations communities where they are needed most."