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Welcome to our April e-Newsletter
Hello everyone,

April has been a huge month of travel and programs for the Foundation! One major event for us this month was my attendance at the Wolakota Project in Rosebud, South Dakota USA. The Wolakota project is an international First Nations language preservation and book program.  This is a huge and very important project which we are very proud to be a part of. 

Notwithstanding my overseas trip, all of our staff and students are well into their programs and book distribution tasks, all of which is keeping us very busy!

As we get closer to the end of the financial year, please keep in mind the needs of our Indigenous kids and families, and therefore also please consider making a tax deductible donation to the ALF. Our work is very important and the children and their families need our assistance. You can make a real difference by donating to the foundation. Please click the donation button below and follow the link to make a donation. 


Best Wishes,
—David Perrin, CEO
ALF sends books to Wheatbelt Discovery Book Club
This month we sent over 600 books, suitable for children of all ages from birth through to late teens, to the Wheatbelt Book Club in Western Australia. 

The purpose of the Wheatbelt Book Club is to support the development of positive reading relationships and literacy skills of children in care, with over 200 children in this district. The supply of books to the children aims to increase their regular access to books in the home and where possible through tailoring individual supply, develop a specific interest that a child may have.

The books will be categorised by age and on display in the District Offices making them readily available for Case Managers and other staff to select and take to children during home visits or when other activities take place with the children. The gift of books to the Department has been the impetus to further develop links with Foster Carers. 
ALF partner in international eBook program
ALF CEO, David Perrin and ALF Digital Literacy Hub Chairman, Tony Harris visited Rosebud in South Dakota this month in order to explore global partnership opportunities with other First Nations groups. During the visit, they met with Elders from the Sioux Nation, US Academics, and Government Officials including President Obama's Senior Indigenous Advisor, Bill Mendoza, and Senior Advisors from the South Dakota Governors' Office.

Together with the Wolakota Project, we have initiated a unique International First Nations Book & Language Project. This project will aim to focus on First Nations (like the Indigenous population in Australia and others) in building a book and digital platform to emphasize not only Indigenous content, but also to infuse a capacity for language and dialect into the volumes and digital platforms, thus ensuring Indigenous literacies are given the same priority as English.

David Perrin (above right) and ALF Digital Literacy Hub Chairman, Tony Harris (left), are pictured with the Lakota princess (middle) in traditional dress.
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ALF staff and board members, as well as some of our Bacchus Marsh homework club participants, attended the World Literacy Council Annual Conference held at Australian Catholic University on Saturday 11th April.  

This month we have sent 250 sets of our Healthy Living Series books to Illawarra Aboriginal Medical Service in NSW, and a further 15 sets to Thuringowa State High School in QLD. 

We are proud to announce O'Brien Catering Group have come on board as sponsors of ALF over a 10 year period!

We were thrilled to receive a CBB Community Development Grant for our Aspire program based in Melbourne.
Didge player Brent Watkins open the World Literacy Council Annual Conference in Melbourne
Upcoming in May
ALF CEO, David Perrin, will be presenting at the Quota regional meeting on Saturday 2nd May in Canberra.

Our next Literacy & Heritage Camp will be held at Federation University in Ballarat on Saturday 16th May. This camp will bring together kids from both the Ballarat and Bacchus Marsh tutoring programs. 

We are busy putting together our 2015 Winter newsletter, which will hit your inboxes during May!
 
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