E-WA Rotary Wheatbelt Love of Reading Project

By Rotary E-Club of Western Australia

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Rotary helps Wheatbelt Communities

The Rotary E-Club of Western Australia Inc (E-WA Rotary) is joining forces with the Bruce Rock, Narembeen and Quairading communities (2-3 hours drive from Perth) to raise funds for literacy development through reading programs. We’re seeking support from people like you who care about improved educational outcomes for all children.

Low literacy leads to social exclusion

Some statistics will tell you that Australians are 99% literate. But in 2013, when the OECD measured the ability of Australian adults to understand, connect, think critically and problem solve in everyday life, 43.7% had below proficiency literacy and 53.5% had below proficiency numeracy. This means 1 in 3 Australians have literacy skills low enough to make them vulnerable to unemployment and social exclusion.

Gaps emerge early in the education process but the right support - particularly for reading programs - can make a real difference. That's why we are partnering with local schools and libraries to encourage a love of reading.

A love of reading – especially early in life – leads to better literacy and improved career outcomes.

Participate to inspire Wheatbelt kids

Your donation will fund vital reading support programs for Wheatbelt kids. Just $10 will help fund a book to reward a kid that has met their reading goals. 

This online campaign is linked to our fundraising day on Saturday 22nd February 2020 at the Bruce Rock Aquatic Centre.

You can sponsor an individual swimmer, which encourages the people of all ages who are swimming for their town. Or you can make a general donation. Please donate now!

If you would like to join the swimming fun yourself, or you'd like to know about options for your business to gain exposure, contact rotaryewa@gmail.com for more details.

We've been working with this community for five years and we are seeing excellent results. School leaders tell us that the kids are enthusiastic about meeting their reading goals and our programs to encourage young leaders to get involved in volunteering to support their younger peers are paying dividends. In 2018 we held an innovative competition to encourage teachers and in 2019 we delivered a fantastic workshop led by the Literature Centre. Help us continue this program and find more exciting ways to partner with local communities for education and youth development.

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Team Members

Kate McKenzie

Kero O'Shea