Bestselling Australian children’s author Tristan Bancks introduces The Room to Read World Challenge
Australian children’s and teen authors are banding together with school children across the country to raise $40,000 to buy 40,000 books for children in Nepal by October. And you can join us. Authors behind the challenge include Melina Marchetta (Looking for Alibrandi), Jacqueline Harvey (Alice Miranda), Kate Forsyth (The Puzzle Ring, Bitter Greens) and many more.
In Nepal’s most earthquake-devastated areas, over 90% of schools were destroyed in April / May of this year. The earthquakes seem to have dropped off the news cycle but the work to get kids back to school with proper materials, including books, goes on.
In previous years the Room to Read World Change Challenge has funded the building of a school library in Siem Reap, Cambodia and, last year, $20,000 for 20,000 books for children in the developing world. But in 2015 we’ve doubled our goal and here are three ways you can help us:
1. If you’re a teacher, student or parent you could create a FUNdraiser in your school. Watch our fast-paced 3-minute video for ideas: https://roomtoread.everydayhero.com/au/2015-world-change-challenge.
2. If you’re an individual or business, you could donate directly to our secure Everyday Hero page: https://roomtoread.everydayhero.com/au/2015-world-change-challenge.
3. You could spread the word about the Room to Read World Change Challenge by sharing this blog post or the link to the Challenge homepage: http://www.tristanbancks.com/2015/05/room-to-read-world-change-challenge-2015_28.html.
Room to Read believes that world change starts with educated children. We agree. Help Australian authors and kids change the world by providing books to earthquake-affected children in one of the world’s poorest countries.