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Donate to Dymocks Children’s Charities in memory of Bill Collins

On the 20th of June, Bill Collins – the man known as ‘ Australia’s Mr Movies’ passed away. Bill and his wife Joan shared a love for books, so in lieu of flowers, have asked fans to consider a donation to Dymocks Children’s Charities. You can click here to donate in memory of Bill. Dymocks Children’s Charities will regenerate a school library in Bill and his family’s name with all funds donated.

Did you know 1 in 7 kids fail to reach baseline levels of reading proficiency by the age of 15? 

This means that even after 10 years at school they do not have the skills the OECD believes are necessary for them to participate adequately in the workforce and in society as a whole.* 

Did you know it is estimated that 44% of the adult population have literacy skills below level 3^? This means they find it hard to obtain employment, they cannot read for pleasure and things like reading medicine labels or instruction manuals are very hard for them.

This is an extraordinary fact in Australia in 2019, and one that we at Dymocks Children's Charities are trying to help address. Being able to read well is absolutely essential in order to find employment and to ensure our society has robust mental and physical health.

The reasons for this underachievement are multifactorial but providing books to kids who would otherwise go without is a vital first step towards improving literacy outcomes. Multiple studies have demonstrated that children who read regularly and from a variety of different texts from a young age do better at school and have better mental and physical health than their peers.^



 

Often schools, pre-schools or families don't have the resources necessary to provide the books kids want and need. Children want to make their own choices about the books they read which engages them more effectively with their learning. For this reason we provide brand new books of choice to pre-school and primary school age children in priority areas around Australia. We are uniquely placed to help and are committed to ensuring more Australian kids can access brand new books of choice more often. ‚Äč

We run three programs for pre-primary and primary school aged children;

  1. Book Bank.
  2. Library Regeneration.
  3. Duck Libraries.   

These programs ensure brand new books of choice get to kids who would otherwise miss out. In the 2018 financial year alone, we provided a record breaking 41,642 books to 28,423 children at 168 schools around Australia

There are many ways to get involved in our work; donating, fundraising for us, partnering with us or volunteering your time. Can you join us?



*https://www.teachermagazine.com.au/columnists/geoff-masters/the-long-tail-of-underachievement
https://www.aigroup.com.au/policy-and-research/mediacentre/releases/cb2c00d2-9506-e611-80d0-00505680033d/

 


EVENTS & FUNDRAISERS

Please help us continue our work by participating in one of our events or fundraisers listed below. 

The Great Debate, our annual Gala Dinner was held at the Four Seaons Hotel in Sydney on April 12th. This fantastic event raised much needed funds to provide literacy programs to support disadvantaged children.  
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'Round Up' is an ongoing, important way of raising funds for us. When customers make a purchase at a Dymocks store or online they can make a voluntary 'round up' donation.  This money is used to get more brand new books to more kids.
Can you run, jog, walk or push a stroller? Want to get fit and raise money for a great cause at the same time? Why not get sponsored & raise funds for us for your next sporting event?