Our History

Melinda Shelley - Our Founder

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   Melinda Shelley, a volunteer in our local community, understands that babies and children need books to have a real chance in life. Knowing that you first need to have books to be able to read to children, but that books are a luxury when you are struggling to put food on the table, Mrs Shelley has taken action to create change in Frankston North, Carrum Downs and surrounding suburbs where governments  and agencies have not. 

123Read2Me Limited

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123Read2Me became a registered charity and public benevolent institution in late 2015 and Jeff Shelley joined as Managing Director to lead the operations .

Lions Club International

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In 2016, we created the 

123Read2Me Lions Reading Action Program in partnership and 

with the support of the Lions Club of Mordialloc-Mentone Inc and the clubs of Lions' Districts 201V5 , 201V3, 201Q2 and 201N4.

This project has helped 123Read2Me  collect, sort, pack and give away over 200,000 free books to vulnerable and at risk children 

Distribution

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   These books are eagerly taken by the children and their families through several of the local fish and chip shops (Operation Takeaway), play groups, Maternal & Child Health Centres, Childcare Centres, Kindergartens, Primary Schools, The Hippy Program Frankston North, Centrelink Frankston, Cheltenham, Cranbourne & Hastings, City Life Mission Frankston, Peninsula Legal Aid Frankston and the Frankston Crisis Centre and many more. We support the operations of over 60 organisations through the provision of FREE books

Recognition

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  Melinda Shelley's efforts have been recognised through:   

  • 2014 Victorian Pride of Australia Medal for Community Spirit. 
  • 2016: Recognised as a Melvin Jones Fellow in Lions International for Dedicated Humanitarian Services
  • 2017 Nominated for Australian of the Year.
  • 2016: Jeff & Melinda were awarded the Australian Lions Foundation James D Richardson Honour Award.

The Future

Our own Warehouse and distribution centre.

Our Vision is to give two (2) books a month to every child under 15 living in poverty in Australia. This means we will have to collect, sort, pack and ship the equivalent of 74,000+ books every day.

With our own warehouse / distribution centre and a transport partner, we will be able to ship books across the country to every one of these children who need books.


Who do you know 

who might be able to help us with warehousing and or transport?