A day to thank, share and learn - on Friday 24 March, our Foundation held the 2017 Ambassador Day at the National Centre for Indigenous Excellence.
Each year, we invite our Ambassadors for a day to recognise the amazing work they do as advocates and fundraisers for our foundation from writing songs, running marathons, teaching young writers and illustrators in Indigenous communities to spreading the word about us to their friends, family and colleagues.
It was a fantastic chance to meet, share experiences and discuss the ways in which we can continue to work together to make a difference to the lives of Indigenous families and raise literacy levels. We heard from seasoned ambassador, Alison Lester about her experiences and her work in remote communities, particularly the making of The Yakanarra Songbook.
We also heard from Helen Unwin, principal at Yakanarra, “I have experienced first hand the amazing and positive benefits ILF can bring to a whole community.”
Our program manager, Tina Raye also shared program highlights for our most ambitious year yet and key campaigns and events to help raise over $2 million!
“I want every Aboriginal person from toddlers to our Elders to have the capacity to read and write English… I firmly believe that self-determination for Aboriginal people is directly linked to being literate,” writes Anita Heiss on her role as an ambassador.
A special thank you to all our ambassadors and board members who attended the event and to all our supporters for your ongoing support and dedication to the Foundation’s vision of equity of opportunity for all Indigenous children in remote Australia. We look forward to working together to opening the door to choice and opportunity for children in remote Indigenous communities and towards a brighter future for all Australians.