Sydney-based charity, Bus of Books will pledge its commitment to bring books and literacy education to remote and disadvantaged communities at an upcoming official launch event at the NSW Business Chambers Head Office. To be held on the evening of Friday, June 15th, the event will include a talk by Peter Irvine, co-founder of Gloria Jeans. He will be sharing on how education has impacted his life and business.
Founded by a group of young entrepreneurs, Bus of Books is dedicated to providing young people in rural and remote indigenous communities around Australia with resources and programs to read, succeed and make a difference. Bus of Books will engage schools, universities and businesses in community service through collection drives and fundraising events. The collected books will be driven by bus directly to schools and communities in need.
Through the launch event and subsequent campaigns, Bus of Books will raise awareness about the vast disparity in literacy rates between children in rural/remote indigenous regions and the wider community.
Eighty per cent, or around 160,000 young people in remote indigenous communities are unable to read. Lack of basic literacy skills is one of the biggest barriers to ‘closing the gap’, creating deep social disadvantages and limiting opportunities later in life. By supporting literacy education in remote communities, Bus of Books hopes to foster change in welfare dependent communities by inspiring the imaginations of young people and empowering them to seek higher learning and employment opportunities.
Shane Mortimer, a Ngambri Aboriginal Elder and the Chairman at The AARK will be performing an ochre ceremony to unite guests and share the abundance & celebration on the night. The launch event will be a relaxed, social evening of canapés, drinks and inspiring speeches. Proceeds from the night will go to Bus of Books’ first major project, a fundraising and book collection drive for Collarenabri Central School in remote north western NSW. The night will culminate with the launch of a children’s book, the Dreamtime Caterpillar.
Says Tania, Bus of Books (BoB) ambassador and 2007 Young Australian of the Year, who is from a remote indigenous community in Far North Queensland, “the launch is a vital first step for this program to help young people and empower them to experience the joy of reading. This will in turn improve the literacy and numeracy skills, which is very much needed in remote and rural indigenous communities seeing that 4 out of 5 kids in remote communities cannot read above minimum standards in Australia.”
The Founder of BoB, Colin Lee says, “Reading is a human right and education is the best way in addressing the challenges our world faces today and in doing so make a difference. More than ever before, a young person’s success today is closely linked to their ability to express their ideas with clarity and certainty. We’re excited to celebrate this launch to highlight what needs to be done to make sure young people have the resources they need to read, succeed and make a difference. Let’s together engage, empower and educate our present and future leaders.”
WHEN: 7pm, Friday 15th June 2012
WHERE: Level 16, 140 Arthur Street, North Sydney, NSW 2060
BOOKING DETAILS: $35 per person Ticket includes canapés and drinks, with all proceeds will going towards purchasing books for Collarenebri Central School. Tickets can be purchased from the official Bus of Books website, www.busofbooks.com
MEDIA ENQUIRIES: Colin Lee 0438 438 565, firstname.lastname@example.org