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A Lesson in Resilience

A Lesson in Resilience

Here at Oonoonba State School, we wrapped our ILF Book Store after eight days, which commenced on Indigenous Literacy Day, Wednesday 4 September. We were quite concerned that many of our students would not be able to donate books for our store, as we were badly impacted by the Townsville Floods in February this year. Our school and surrounding suburbs had over 40 centimetres of water running through them for more than two days – in fact, the school was rehoused on two separate campuses for the majority of Term 1. This was indeed a great lesson in resilience, compassion and compromise as...

  • Posted 14 November, 2019


The Go-Between Book Distributer

The Go-Between Book Distributer

For the past five years, the Gungarde Community Centre Aboriginal Corporation in Cooktown has been distributing books gifted by the ILF Book Supply program. Aboriginal children attending schools in Cooktown, Bloomfield, Laura and Rossville, where once books were in very short supply, are now benefiting from an ongoing stream of brand new, culturally appropriate books, many written by Indigenous authors. “The schools are very appreciative of the books, and the kids love them,” says Greg Whittaker, the CEO of the Corporation, which was started by Elders in the late 1970s. The Centre not only provides accommodation and health services, but...

  • Posted 12 November, 2019


Fill a virtual bookshelf and help us make a difference

Fill a virtual bookshelf and help us make a difference

“The gift of reading is the gift of life.”  — Kiara Jones, Early Learning Educator, Ngaanyatjarraku Shire playgroups, WA As 2019 draws to a close, our Foundation is asking for your support. Since 2004, we’ve delivered more than 350,000 quality, culturally appropriate books to over 280 remote Indigenous communities. In 2020, we hope to expand our Book Supply program and gift a further 95,000 new books to schools and service organisations in places across Australia where books are few and far between.  But we can’t do this without your help. We receive no government funding and rely solely on the...

  • Posted 08 November, 2019


The Gift of Literacy

The Gift of Literacy

At a flexible learning centre for youth in Mt Isa, books from the ILF Book Supply are encouraging not only reading but also writing. The Edmund Rice Education Australia EREA) Youth Plus Flexible Learning Centre caters for young people aged 12 to 19. Many of the students come from outlying Aboriginal communities, and at present are from 10 different clans. Lynn Gillies-Hughes, the Head of Campus, says the ILF Book Supply has made a huge difference to the students’ learning and literacy development, especially given the quality of the reading material supplied. A while back, the Mt Isa campus inherited...

  • Posted 07 November, 2019


Ngiya Yintanga Japarrika

Ngiya Yintanga Japarrika

As part of the ILF’s Create Initiative project, ten young Indigenous women from Tiwi College in the Northern Territory travelled down to Sydney last week to write, edit and publish the third instalment of the Japarrika series. Partnered with Penguin Random House publishers, and our fantastic ambassadors David Lawrence and Shelley Ware, the week was an outstanding success! The girls arrived on Sunday and met with ILF staff, David, and Shelley at North Sydney’s Luna Park, for a bit of fun before their big week ahead! David quickly realised he had made a mistake in agreeing to go on a...

  • Posted 05 November, 2019