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Welcome to our July e-Newsletter
Hello everyone!
 
What an amazing month! I am continually amazed at how supportive people can be! Between staff, students and donors – the ALF grows month by month! Leaving me constantly amazed but very pleased! THANK YOU EVERYONE!
 
This month was highlighted by Naidoc Week (celebrating Indigenous culture) and our wrapping up of our programs so our kids can enjoy a lovely mid -year break with their families and friends! We also completed the second biggest fundraising campaign of the year, while sending out 20,000 books to our partner groups all around the country.
 
I am very happy to report that not only did our students do very well in our most recent tests, but we had a wonderful month of celebrations and cultural activities, and then finished of the month with the best ever EOFY Campaign result in our history!
 
As such I just wanted to say thank you again! I am looking to reporting back to you for our August e-newsletter amazing new developments with our Melbourne Learning Centre.
 
Best Wishes,
—David Perrin, CEO
SANOFI Film Fundraiser

A BIG THANKYOU TO SANOFI.

Melbourne healthcare company, Sanofi, organised a private screening of ‘Minions’ for family and friends of the company, in order to raise much needed funds for the Aboriginal Literacy Foundation

ALF would like to acknowledge 71 kids and their mums and dads who came together last Saturday (at the Jam Factory In Melbourne) to watch the hit movie "MINIONS".

Not only did they have heaps of fun, they also raised $1200 for the ALF. What an amazing gift!

A special thank you to Natalie from Sanofi who organised this wonderful fundraiser for the ALF. We will continue to work with Natalie and are currently in the process of organising some corporate volunteering within our organisation- its fantastic to have this support from local companies.

Books in Learning Program
Our highly successful books in learning program has been going great throughout July.

Thanks to the very generous donations we received throughout June, we were able to send out around 20,000 books to communities in need all across Australia.

This also meant a visit to the books sorting warehouse to organise some extra shipments. 
We had ten helpful volunteers on the day, which allowed us to sort the books (100,000 surplus) into age groups ready to be sent out. We now have over nine pellets ready to go!!
 

Among our Volunteers was Sue Bacon who brought some of the team from the Bacchus Marsh Homework Club. We also had two members of the Golden Key Society, who are great supporters of our work.

The ALF would also like to send a big thank you to our corporate sponsors who make these projects achievable- Intellimail international; O'Brien Catering and R2A Pty Ltd.

It is thanks to regular help and donations, that we can continue our Books for Learning program and deliver this vital service to communities in need.

Latest News 
- We're finally feeling more settled in our new office in Russell street- great to be up and running in this bigger space.
- NAIDOC week celebrations were held across the country (July 5-12), particularly with our team in Bacchus Marsh, they participated in local cultural events and had great things to report.
- David Perrin (CEO) visited the St Johns Anglican Auxilliary in Portarlington, Victoria to share our story. Thank you for your very generous donation to the Melbourne Learning Centre and for your ongoing interest and support of the ALF.
- We were fortunate enough to be selected for a visit from the Lord Mayor's Charitable Foundation (LMCF) and its Youth in Philanthropy Team. This is a fantastic program of encouraging young boys and girls to think about and involve themselves in philanthropy at an early age. Thank you for involving the ALF in this wonderful program.
- CEO David Perrin was interviewed by Voice FM in Ballarat (Victoria), talking about our work in Ballarat and District.
- ALF is extremely pleased to acknowledge new funding from Gowrie VIC, Langports, SALIN and Discworld.
Upcoming in August
- we will kick August off with a Literacy and Heritage camp in Ballarat on the 1st. Very excited to get these students involved.
- Richard Muller, our Queensland manager will be down in the first week, we're looking forward to getting him involved in some of the projects we do down in Victoria.
- David will be visiting the Mitcham Mothers union on the 5th to talk about the work of the Foundation and connect with the community groups in outer Melbourne.
- We are having a volunteers induction course on tuesdays- if anyone is interested in participating, please send your details to Annie at info@aboriginalliteracyfoundation.org
- We are continuing our developments with starting the Melton Homework Club, a very exciting project hopefully stating soon.
- Also working on some exciting things with the Melbourne Learning Centre and The Library at the Dock. We have applied for a Leader Local Grant for a part of this project, please look to our social media for a link to vote for us.
- We will be participating in the Victorian Aboriginal Health Services's Book day on August 26th.
- Busy month ahead.
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