Room to Read World Change Challenge 2017

Join me and our amazing team of Room to Read Writer Ambassadors to help reach our 2017 goal. We aim to enable 300 students in some of the poorest countries in Asia and Africa to change their lifetime opportunities and create real changes in their families and communities.

For $70 we can teach one child for one year to learn to read and write.

Girls’ Education is a major priority for Room to Read. 

What Can You Do?

1. Between now and International Literacy Day, Friday 8 September, set a fun personal challenge and get your friends, family, class or school to help raise funds for your goal and global education.

2. Download Our Info Pack and Donation Form.

3. Or donate direct to our secure World Change Challenge Everyday Hero page. It doesn’t matter if you donate $2 or $200. Every dollar takes us closer to our goal of literacy for 300 students for a year.

4. If you have any questions, please post a comment below, Like and Comment on our World Change Challenge Facebook page or email Jodi Mullen from Room to Read Australia.

FUNdraising Ideas

★ Book Swaps at school are also lots of fun. Kids can swap their pre-loved books with other kids and, for just $1 per book, everyone walks away with a new story to read and you help a child in a developing country.

★ Sponsored Silence: Teachers and parents sponsor their noisiest kids to be quiet for an entire hour.

★  Trek, Ride or Run: Do the City2Surf, Spring Trek or another physical challenge in your town or city, gain sponsors and donate the proceeds of your achievement to kids’ literacy.

★ Book Fair: Lots of schools donate a portion of their school book-fair profits to the World Change Challenge.

★ Embarrass Your Teacher: Sponsor teachers to come to school dressed in super-embarrassing outfits.

★ Lattes for Literacy: Have a school coffee morning to make all those poor, caffeine-starved parents happy and donate the profits to the World Change Challenge.

★ School Sponge Throw: Get active AND get revenge on teachers for all that homework! Last year Nareena Hills Public School in NSW ran a profitable school sponge throw.


Deborah Abela, Tristan Bancks, Jesse Blackadder, Pamela Cook, Sarah Davis, James Foley, Kate Forsyth, Susanne Gervay, Gus Gordon, Jacqueline Harvey, Libby Hathorn, James Knight, John Larkin, Frané Lessac, Emily Maguire, Christine Manfield, Melina Marchetta, Sophie Masson, Belinda Murrell, Oliver Phommavanh, Alice Pung, Sally Rippin and Dianne Wolfer.


Room to Read is an innovative global non–profit which seeks to transform the lives of millions of children in Asia and Africa by focusing on literacy and gender equality in education. Since it was founded in 2000, Room to Read has:

* Over 18,000 Literacy Program Partners

* Trained over 9,000 teachers and librarians

* Published over 1300 new children’s books in 27 local languages

* Supported more than 38,500 girls in its Girls’ Education Program

Currently Room to Read has impacted 11.5 million children. The next goal is to impact 15 million children by 2020. Room to Read believes that World Change Starts with Educated Children®.

In recent years, the Room to Read World Change Challenge has raised $100,000 to fund a school library in Siem Reap, Cambodia, books and education for kids who might otherwise go without.  Get active and help us make 2017 our biggest year yet.


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