Room to Read World Change Challenge 2018

Our Mission

**STOP PRESS** Our 2018 World Change Challenge has achieved it’s goal. Click here to discover how much we raised!

Join our Room to Read World Change Challenge to give education to girls who need it in Asia and Africa.

Many world problems could be solved through one solution: EDUCATION. Why? Because knowing how to read makes people safer, healthier and more self-sufficient — yet nearly 800 million people are illiterate and two thirds of these are women and girls.

Room to Read World Change Challenge 2018

Our Goal: 50 Schools Supporting 50 Girls

In 2018 we want to help 50 girls complete a year of secondary school.

Just $365 can educate a girl in one of the world’s poorest countries for one year and help her to gain the vital skills she needs to make critical decisions when she leaves school. Our goal is to raise $18,250 to support 50 girls for a year.

You can help us. Get your class, your school, your bookclub or even your family fired up and help us make a difference by taking part in creating a fundraiser or join in one of our fundraising events this year.

Room to Read World Change Challenge

Fundraising Ideas

★ Have a gold coin donation when one of our writer ambassadors (below) visits your school.

★ 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 with our Room to Read team 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. You could give 50% of the money raised to your school library and 50% to Girls’ Education.

★ 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.

★ Host a tea party on International Literacy Day, Saturday 8th September and invite your friends to make a donation.

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

World Change Challenge Video

See kids in action, changing the world in fun ways, and get inspired.

How to Register and Donate

Visit Our World Change Challenge Secure Donation Page on the Room to Read website.

Email with any questions or to register your interest. You can also connect with us on the World Change Challenge Facebook page.

The Room to Read website has some great information about the organisation’s programs.

On the Room to Read blog you will also find some interesting stories about the history and success of the Girls’ Education Program.

Students in Cambodia

Our Writer Ambassadors

Join our team of well-known Australian children’s and teen authors in helping achieve our goal.

Deborah Abela     Tristan Bancks        Jesse Blackadder     Pamela Cook              Sarah Davis

Kate Forsyth         Susanne Gervay     Gus Gordon               Libby Hathorn            John Larkin

Frane Lessac         Emily Maguire        Alice Pung                  Sally Rippin                 James Foley

Sophie Masson     Belinda Murrell     Maxine Beneba Clarke                       Melina Marchetta

Dianne Wolfer      Jacqueline Harvey     Oliver Phommavanh

History of the World Change Challenge

In recent years, the Room to Read World Change Challenge has raised over $100,000 to fund a school library in Siem Reap, Cambodia, as well as the publication of local-language books and educational tools for kids who might otherwise go without. Get active and help us make 2018 our biggest year yet.

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  1. Liane Pfister
    July 5, 2018 / 1:09 pm

    Hi, I heard Tristan Banks speak and he told me about this page. I was wanting to help out, and maybe through the author speakers. Can you let me know the process for getting one of your writer ambassadors to visit our school?

    • Tristan
      July 15, 2018 / 9:05 am

      Hi Liane. I hope all is moving forward with Jodi. Thanks so much for getting behind the Challenge! Tristan.

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