Enterprising Kids is a start-up social enterprise based on the Northern Beaches in Sydney. Their mission is to give kids real-life learning experiences that connect them with their community and teach them the practical life skills they will need in the future.
Corryne runs school holiday and after school workshops that teach kids how to start their own social enterprise, with the aim to teach the students that doing good business means taking care of people and the planet.
The school holiday workshops have a charity fundraising event that is entirely run by the kids in the workshop program. This year, Corryne nominated the Indigenous Literacy Foundation (ILF) as the charity.
The Book Fair is run by the students each year.
“I love what ILF does! Grassroots Community engagement with kids through literacy is a brilliant program, especially in language and culturally relevant books which promote connection, belonging and pride,” says Corryne.
To fundraise, Enterprising Kids hosted a Book Fair on July 13 selling pre-loved books.
The children spent two days preparing for the event, making posters, book-themed games, and tie-dyed book bags and bookmarks to sell. Then they learnt a bit about marketing and pricing. On the third day they invited the public in for the Book Fair!
Students making the posters for their charity fundraiser.
The main challenge of hosting an event like this is finding a way to promote it with a small budget. In the future, Corryne hopes to overcome this by growing engagement from the local community.
“We’d love to get more engagement and support from the local community in the kids’ events to make the business model more sustainable” she says.
Despite this, Corryne says that involving the kids in their fundraising is extremely rewarding.
The students learn about planning, collaborating, innovating, team work and finance. At the same time, they raise money for a meaningful cause and learn about an important charity each year.
“It is always such a double pleasure to run these events. Seeing the kids achieve the very difficult task of putting together a fundraiser in just three days is so rewarding. Then to be able to hand over the profits to a fabulous charity at the end is the icing on the cake. It’s a special feeling,” she says.
ILF Donor Engagement Officer, Laura, was able to attend the event with her daughter. They had an amazing time meeting the students, browsing books and soaking up the excitement.
We are so grateful to Corryne and all the students involved in this fundraiser, who raised $657.25 for the ILF to provide books to remote Communities!
Laura’s daughter enjoying the Book Fair.