Australian Author of Children’s Books and Teen Books: Room to Read Australia

Monday, July 8, 2013

Room to Read Australia

Kids are a powerful force in changing the world for the better. This year I'm working with Room to Read and children across Australia to raise $25,000 to publish a local-language book for children in Tanzania, Africa.

Help us by performing one of these simple, fun fundraising actions this Children's Book Week...

1. Embarrass your teacher! Eight teachers as well as the Principal at Channahon Junior High School in the US agreed to dress up in embarrassing costumes if US$1,000 could be raised through their fundraising efforts for Room to Read. Through this event, a raffle, and other activities, they raised US$3,900!

2. Drop Everything and Read
Get sponsored to drop everything and read for an entire hour. We did it in the video for last year's World Change Challenge:

3. Hold an Auction
Twelve high school students from Lakeside School in Seattle held an auction. They volunteered to be part of a campaign called Literacy One and had record-breaking results--they raised $650,000! Joanna Schott, one of the students said, 'It's sort of surprising. People were really energised by a group of young kids getting involved in a worthwhile cause.'

4. Live-in for Literacy
In Universities in Canada, students camped out for a week in the library. They slept, ate, brushed their teeth etc. in the library and got people to sponsor them.

5. Sponsored Silence This idea featured in John Wood’s book, Leaving Microsoft to Change the World, where parents pay $10 to buy an hour of silence from their children. Any parent knows that this represents extraordinary value.


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