WE DID IT! The Sleepy Magic School is happening!
It costs $37,000 to build a school in a developing nation. It’s a number that’s both humbling (when compared to our Aussie schools) and daunting (when you’re faced with the task of trying to raise that amount by yourself!).
Of course, the thing was, I wasn’t by myself.
If you’re reading this page, it’s likely that some of your dollars have gone into this very project (or others like it) through Room to Read. One of the most heartening and inspiring things about this journey was that it was made in such small steps by such a large number of people.
Over the two years since we started, we’ve had events, raffles, rummage sales, speaking gigs, and more. My two boys even busked on the street, singing their little hearts out (and melting many grown-up hearts in the process!). We received plenty of personal donations (including from some very special kids!). And, of course, there were the proceeds from the Sleepy Magic book itself – a significant proportion of all sales went straight into our school fund.
These small steps inspired me because it underscored a belief I’ve had all along: that ALL OF US have the power to make change… and we’re all capable of so much more than we think.
Due to some technological quirks, this page can’t display the full amount that we raised, which was $37,000. We reached this figure during the annual Room to Read charity dinner in March 2017.
Our Sleepy Magic School will be built in Nepal, with an expected completion date of April 2018. (We’ll keep you updated on all the progress, and my boys are already excited about visiting the school as soon as they’re old enough.)
There are no words to describe how amazing this journey has been, and how grateful I am for the support we’ve received along the way. Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU.
But of course, the road doesn’t end here… and we’re going to continue raising money for Room to Read.
It’s truly humbling how big an impact our ‘pocket change’ can make in the developing world – just $1 puts a book in the hands of a child in their local language, while $1 per day (still a trifling amount) can keep a girl in school for a year… So please continue to give generously to this wonderful charity. Together we really can change the world!
Thank you so much again, and please don’t hesitate to get in touch: firstname.lastname@example.org