Since launching Room to Read’s fundraising presence in Australia in early 2009, writers and illustrators have helped to extend the organisation’s reach into schools and also build connections to publishers, booksellers, book clubs and literary festivals. We believe they make perfect ambassadors.
There is no one better able than a writer to understand the importance of reading.
For $70 we can teach one child for one year to learn to read and write.
Join our Writer Ambassadors reach their goal of enabling 300 students to change their lifetime opportunties, and create real changes in their family and communities.
As writers and illustrators we know the power of story in a child’s education. Access to education for children in developing countries is critical for lifting 171 million people out of poverty. We all believe that world change starts with educated and literate children.
We ask you to focus on getting active, mobilising your creative spirits and joining our challenge this year on International Literacy Day Friday 8th September.
Tristan Bancks (from his 2014 blog): ‘With a book in hand, a child can sail off “through night and day and in and out of weeks and almost over a year” to a place where things are better, gentler, more in-control. As Room to Readers, I think this is our most important work.’
Susanne Gervay: ‘With a dedication that I have rarely seen, with an organisational structure that has integrity and is collaborative with families and communities, Room to Read changes the future of kids trapped in poverty. Through education and books, Room to Read gives disenfranchised children a precious gift, so they can move out of poverty to be all they can be. It changes their lives and the world.’