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This giving season it’s easier than ever to support the work our Foundation does in remote Indigenous communities across Australia. Our ‘virtual bookshelf’ campaign allows you to decide how many books you’d like to fund for kids living in places where there are few, if any, books at all.

Getting your family and friends involved is part of the fun. And it’s also a great way to raise awareness of levels of literacy among Indigenous children growing up in remote communities too. By stocking a ‘virtual bookshelf’, you can help change the lives of thousands of Indigenous kids. Just follow the three easy steps and you’re on your way!

And in the spirit of giving, here are some tips to make your fundraising for our Foundation as effective as possible.

Fundraising Tip #1

Register online and set your fundraising target. For every $200 you raise, a community receives a full shelf, which will delight children of all ages for many years to come.

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Fundraising Tip #2

Once you’ve set it up, share your personal fundraising page with as many people as possible. Encourage your friends, family, workmates and neighbours to add a book – or more! – to your virtual bookshelf. It really is a case of the more the merrier! Each donation made will add a book to your empty shelf.

Here are some ways you can spread the word:

  • email or text message your family and friends
  • post on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram
  • approach your local newspaper and ask if they can run a story about your ‘virtual bookshelf’ and the work ILF does
  • place a small notice on your work’s intranet, or in the office or departmental newsletter
  • ask if members of any club you belong to – especially a book club! – can help
  • approach local schools to see if they can include a mention in their assembly and online announcements
  • encourage others to set up their own virtual bookshelf

Fundraising Tip #3

Things can get very busy at this time of year, and at times we all can do with a gentle reminder.

Don't be shy! Make sure you follow up with your friends and family. Let them know how many books are already on your shelf, and how many more are needed to fill it.

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Fundraising Tip #4

Know that your fundraising efforts are really appreciated by all of us at ILF – and by the communities we work with. Families often ask us who pays for the books they receive, and the answer is simple. It’s people just like you!

Don’t lose sight of the fact that every little bit helps. Each online addition to your bookshelf means another book can be gifted to a remote community.

By putting books into the hands of kids who otherwsie would have none, you are changing lives.