This means we need to collect, sort, pack and ship 73,000 books a day, so we need your help.
THE FACTS: There are 731,000+ children are living in poverty in Australia today, with 300,000 Victorian children reported to be on Health Care Cards
We know that when you are struggling to put food on the table, children's books are a luxury.
123Read2Me Limited is a start up Australian Public Benevolent Institution and Registered Charity with DGR 1 and TCC status, dedicated to providing FREE books to at risk and vulnerable children, from birth to 12 years old.
International research is unequivocal. Reading aloud to children for 15 minutes every day builds the necessary brain architecture to underpin success in school and throughout their lives, thereby breaking the cycle of poverty. Waiting until the child starts school is too late. They will never catch up.
123Read2Me currently provides children in low socioeconomic communities with FREE quality children's books through recycled books or new ones purchased with cash donations. The total value of books donated to date exceeds $3,000,000.00 (replacement value).
We promote reading to children and support the work of over 50 organisations, most operating in the Frankston, Mornington Peninsula, Dandenong, Casey, Kingston and Bayside Local Government Areas of Victoria.
123Read2Me are expanding across Victoria with the help of the Lions Clubs of Boroondara-Gardiners Creek, Lilydale, Healesville, Eildon, Alexandra, Beaumaris, Sandringham, Blackburn North, Brighton, Donvale, Eltham, Emerald, Merrigum, Moorabbin, Nunawading, Nillumbik, Noble Park-Keysborough, Vermont, Moe, Rye, Mornington, and many other individual Lions Members and the general community,
We are also now reaching out across
New South Wales (Lions Club of Bathurst) and Queensland ( Lions Club of Townsville-Ross Valley and others).
We are well established now in the Frankston and Mornington Peninsula local government areas and, with volunteer manpower provided largely by local Lions Clubs.
We are organically expanding into the neighbouring Casey, Kingston, Dandenong and Bayside municipalities and are working with other Victorian Lions Club Districts to add cover to the western suburbs, the LaTrobe Valley & Gippsland, South West Coast and other Regional centres.
The project is forecast to expand nationally by 2020 and internationally by the mid 2020's. All expansion is dependent on securing strategic partners and the necessary funds.
There are 4 major areas where YOU CAN HELP:
1. Donations of books and/or the investment of money. The majority of homes have pre-loved children's books on shelves and in cupboards that could be donated. Similarly, a large number of small dollar amounts invested into books for these children quickly adds up.
Click on the links to donate what you can today.
2. Distribution – Getting books to where the children are. We welcome volunteers who can deliver boxes of books to schools, etc on a regular basis. Please call us to have a chat about what you can do & your availability
3. Reading Aloud – We encourage everybody to read aloud to young children particularly when parents / carers cannot or will not.
As Dr Seuss says "You are never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book and read to a child"
4. Lobbying for Change – Parents, professionals and politicians all need to understand the value and importance of reading aloud.
As evidenced by the current lack of attention to the topic, there are not enough who do.
This is a long term project to change attitudes, and your help is welcomed.