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Welcome to our September e-Newsletter
Hello Everyone,
September 2015 has been another full month of fun, study, mentoring, moving and sorting books, and holidays!
Firstly I must apologise to all our supporters outside Victoria! Within minutes of our last e-newsletter we had several queries come through the email asking us what the ALF is doing around the rest of Australia. YES – I am sorry! We were guilty of being a little too Victorian centric in our last newsletter! Unfortunately our only excuse is that we had too much going on here that we wished to brag about, which has kept us and our media very focused down south! That is not to say we weren’t busy with other activities in other states.
Our WA partners, the Discovery Book Clubs (DBC) of Fremantle, Perth & Mirrabooka were beneficiaries of several pallet loads of books. All of which have gone to resourcing the DBCs around WA. These amazing clubs (with the aid of several universities and community groups) work with and mentor several thousand Aboriginal kids in care. These clubs allow each and every child to have access to and/or receive small packages of books and other resources to build up their own libraries. All of which as we know enriches the educational development and experience of these young children.
Our Queensland work has seen the ALF resourcing several homework clubs in Brisbane and Townville & districts; and also sending several pallet load of books and KOBO readers to three community led initiates in Cherbourg and Cairns. Together these projects, clubs and school assist more than 1000 Indigenous students. At this point we would like to mention the great work of Marcus Priaulx in Cherbourg, Queensland. With the assistance of Marcus we have engaged with many hundreds of children and families in the Cherbourg area like never before. It is with some amazement we have been told of his government funding being cut. How can such a good initiative and hard worker have his funding cut? It is beyond us how this occurs so often! Hopefully Marcus will fall on his feet and we can continue our work together in this area.
Also we be been absolutely blessed to have worked with Larry Brandy over the August-September period. Larry, who is an Aboriginal Story teller, utilised and distributed our Healthy Living Series books on his extensive tour of schools in the ACT and NSW. This wonderful visit had several hundred primary students captivated by Larry’s stories and dancing. This is an excellent partnership that we hope will continue into the future. The other brilliant news from NSW was our inclusion into the BOOKS IN HOMES program. This program allows students in over 150 schools to choose their own book from a catalogue. These books are then distributed free of charge to the students and for us to the kids. This will be amazing boost to our book program and a real boost to our cash flow. Not paying for cartage is a real bonus! As such we can invest more into our creative work and publishing.
So back to Victoria! Over the last month we have been very excited to receive a major funding grant from the Felton Bequest, launch our new homework club in Melton, begin our MLC Docklands residency, have our first MLC Corporate mentoring day with K&L GATES, and enjoy some much needed holidays!
All in all, the last month or so has been amazing! I am particularly excited at our national reach and our increasing face to face work. More on this will be published in our next e-newsletter. Also many of you will soon be receiving our first invitations to join our ANNUAL GIVING CIRCLE. This giving circle aims to build our Aug-Nov capacity on an our annual basis. This period of time is one of busiest, but also one of worst in terms of cash flow. Please consider joining this club. As you can see from above our work and our partnerships are helping many people and it would be a great shame if it was interrupted. As a private non-government organisation we rely on the assistance of the public. Already I am happy to say we have had several individuals and corporations signal their interest in joining our Annual Giving Circle. I hope that you will too! 

- David Perrin (CEO)
K & L Gates Global Day of Service
September 30th saw ALF hosting K & L Gates on their Global Day of Service. We were honoured to be involved in their philanthropy programs and it was a fantastic opportunity for both parties.

The morning started with us hosting 15 employees in our office as they sorted into age groups and boxed over 5000 books into about 90 boxes- in just 3 hours. This is an absolutely amazing effort and something that wouldn't be possible without such a dedicated, capable team. These boxes are lined up to be sent out across Australia within the next month.

Then we took a group of young indigenous students, including a few of the girls from our ASPIRE program, down to the K & L Gates office at Rialto towers for a mentoring afternoon. It was fascinating to hear how each mentor got to the position their in, with a few stories about times they've faced barriers and the means they've gone to to move past them. There were lots of laughs and interesting points to take away.

Overall it was a phenomenal success for which we are grateful.

We look forward to working with this team again in the future.
Books in Homes

The Aboriginal Literacy Foundation is excited and very proud to announce we have just joined the Books in Homes program. 
As such our Indigenous books will now feature in the 2016 Books in Homes catalogue. This wonderful program is very generously supported by the Scholastic Publishing house.

The Books in Homes catalogue is sent to over 150 schools around Australia. This program allows students the chance to choose the books they want to read. Once chosen the books are then sent to the students free of charge.

This partnership will allow the ALF much more reach and remarkably more impact. And in particular it will allow our foundation to direct more resources to publishing more new books - created and designed by Indigenous creatives.

For more information regarding the Books in Homes please view

Latest News 
- David and Annie attended the Zonta Club Melbourne on Yarra dinner meeting held on Sept 10th. We outlined the need for extra educational funding for Indigenous students and the real need to supply more books to regional and remote schools. The ladies of Zonta have been incredibly helpful in donating a large number of books that have since been donated to our West Australian projects. The ALF would like to thank Ms Bev Devidas of Zonta for helping organise this wonderful book drive.
- We have been lucky enough to partner up with Larry BrandyAfter hearing some amazing comments on Larry's work over the last week the ALF team thought it appropriate we send a big thank you to Larry Brandy! Larry has been travelling around country NSW and ACT visiting schools and child care centres teaching and illustrating Aboriginal stories. We have been thrilled to hear of his success. We are also very proud to have played a small part in the tour providing Larry a range of free resources to present to the kids & schools. Stories, Books and Culture are an integral part of our aim to engage and educate our children.
- Ballarat Foundation/ Uniting Way have re joined us for funding our ASPIRE program in Ballarat. We are so grateful for their support as always.
- Lord Mayors Charitable Foundation, Youth in Philanthropy program have selected us as a grant recipient. This is a fantastic initiative and it is always great to hear of children involving themselves in charitable work. We look forward to the future with this program.
Upcoming in October
- October will see the start of our Melton Indigenous Study Assistance Program that we are running in partnership with Djerriwarrh Health Services, AIME and Melton Secondary School. It is such a great team and such a phenomenal program- we are excited to see how it develops. 
- We will be hosting another Literacy and Heritage Camp later in the moth- stay tuned for details.
- October will also see the launch of our Melbourne Learning Centre arts and cultural program, a residency at Library at the Dock in Docklands, Melbourne. Its a fantastic space we are lucky to have access to and have a very passionate team on board.
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