Rotary Wheatbelt Swim for Literacy 2017

By Rotary E-Club of Western Australia

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Rotary helps Communities

Summers in the Wheatbelt are hot and dry but the swimming pool brings the community together. For the third year in a row, Rotary E-Club of Western Australia is joining forces with the Bruce Rock community (240km from Perth) to raise funds for literacy programs. We achieve this by fundraising via a fun swimming event, plus online support from people like you who care about education. This year, we will also be joined by Quairading (165km from Perth) and Narembeen (280km from Perth).

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 can make a difference. That's why we are partnering with local schools and libraries to encourage a love of reading.

Reading is fun

Our Bruce Rock program rewards students who tally their reading efforts. When they meet their goal they receive a book voucher to buy their own book. Having a favourite book to keep makes reading special. In 2016, Bruce Rock District School reported that they could see the impact of extra reading hours on class results for spelling, comprehension AND vocabulary. Reading more makes a difference!

This year, Quairading and Narembeen District High Schools have the opportunity to earn a matching grant to design their own literacy initiative. Gradually, with your help, we hope to expand across the Wheatbelt, filling the gaps in smaller communities.

Participate to inspire Wheatbelt kids

Join us for the Swim & Sausage Sizzle on Saturday 25th March at Bruce Rock Swimming Pool 4pm-7:30pm.

If you can't be there, your donation of $10 or more will fund reading vouchers for Bruce Rock kids ($10 = one voucher) or contribute to a matching grant for the new schools joining our program.

You will have our heartfelt thanks

$10 - Thank you email from our team

$30 - Digital artwork with thank you message

$100 - Digital artwork with thank you message and social media mentions

$250 - Champion supporter package - Digital artwork with thank you message, social media mentions, website acknowledgement, mention during event speeches, opportunity to meet our whole team via video conference

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Team Members

Kate McKenzie

Alison Vance

Jeff Anderson

Kero O'Shea

Mark Busani

Meg Taylor