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Welcome to our October e-Newsletter
Hello Everyone!

Well October is always a challenge! As most of you know, I wrote to you earlier in October asking for some help! Every year no matter how much planning takes place, we are always struck by how difficult the month of October can be; on one hand we are delighted but head ‘shakeningly’ distracted. We have a huge amount of interaction with our communities, but are simultaneously wondering when our next philanthropic gift is coming in! As such we decided to plan ahead a little more this year by establishing an Annual Giving Circle. This Annual Giving Circle was designed to fall due in September & October each year to help plug the philanthropic gap! Now this isn’t a shot at the philanthropic bodies, which are indeed very generous to us, it is just a reflection of our need to diversify our revenue base and reflect on when philanthropic distributions occur. Notwithstanding all this can I just say THANK YOU so much for your immediate and very generous replies. We received over $8000 in this campaign (in little over four weeks). The over 100 donors will be thanked individually. Our desire here is to create a September/October specific funding mechanism to avoid such future gaps.

On a brighter note! Our national book distribution program had two ‘good’ shots in the arm over the last month. Firstly BOOKS IN HOMES and FOOTYS4ALL have joined the ALF in helping us with our book distribution and program reach. We expect to see another 100,000 possible participants and beneficiaries in our Books for Learning program. By joining with these new partners we substantially reduce our cartage costs, and pump our reach and impact. This time around we also bring with it mentors and teachers that will receive the books, hand them out, read them to our kids, and engage the kids with the books in classrooms. These two partners are both passionate and respected outfits. This is a big win for the foundation.

Apart from these three big events I am happy to say that our students and families are back in it. Study, Catching Up & Mentoring. The ALF family life has never been better!
I am looking forward to reporting to you again in November about more exciting developments. Can’t wait to let you know all about our Digital Literacy Hub. The DLH will be our next incredible portal to help Indigenous students succeed not only at school, but with their future aspirations for higher education and/or employment!
 
My Best Wishes, David Perrin
CEO – Aboriginal Literacy Foundation
Impact 100 Melbourne
FINAL FOUR!!

We are incredibly honoured to be able to have made it to the final four out the 2015 funding round.

Impact100Melbourne is a group of people who love the diversity of their city and want to contribute to its ongoing development through a variety of ways. They commit $1000 of their money to the pool that is awarded at the awards ceremony in November. 

We hosted a few key members in our office to share information about our programs and community member's- it was a great opportunity.

The Impact100Melbourne Grant Awards Night is the culmination of our year where our Members cast their vote for their preferred charity from the Final Four. In 2015 our theme has been "Educated Future- creating learning and earning opportunities for Melbourne's youth".

We are very excited to join the other three fantastic organisations- Raise Mentoring, Kids off the Kerb, and Lifechanging Experiences. Great groups working towards a better future for Melbourne's youth. 

The awards ceremony is being held on November 12th, at Melbourne city Town Hall. For information on how to get involved or secure a ticket to the event- visit http://www.impact100melbourne.org/
Footys for All
Aboriginal Literacy Foundation are excited to announce that from October we will be partnering with Footys4All to create a new program that brings together ball sports and education.

This partnership will allow our organisations to prosper by collective action. The ALF will donate its books free of charge and Footys4All will invest their time, mentoring, and free cartage into the partnership. A win, win relationship. Not to mention more reach and impact for the ALF program! As such the ALF is honoured to join Michael Gallus and his board from Footys4All in this great collaboration.

Just one positive example....a Northern Territory principal recently reported that one visit from Footys4All saw their attendance jump by 50%! By investing in books as well as footy's in such visits - we also will have the chance to engage their mind as well as their bodies!

Thanks Michael for joining us in our work!
Find out more about Michaels work at www.footys4all.com.au/
Latest News 
- We were very excited to kick off our Melton Homework Club this month. In partnership with Melton Secondary College, Djewarrah Health and AIME mentoring we are holding sessions at the school each Wednesday afternoon. 
We've had a fantastic start to the program, bringing Brent Watkins in for a didgeridoo tutorial and sharing some of his modern cultural dance techniques. We're looking forward to what the future holds with this program- watch this space!

- Speaking of Brent, we're very excited to announce the birth of his healthy baby boy 'Marlu'- all the best to your family.

- Our books for learning program is still our most successful, we've managed to get cartage partners so will now be able to reach even more of Indigenous Australia, even more regularly. We've also had more donations than ever... We are so grateful to the generous community that is you, our supporters.

- This month we launched our 'Annual Giving Circle' offering memberships to interested parties in order to provide better support for our programs. Its an exciting initiative which will allow a better connectedness and communication within the community, while allowing us to keep going at the same time.
Upcoming in November
- November will see the opening of our Melbourne Learning Centre 'Story Tapping' culture program. We have a welcome night 6pm Thursday 19th November at Library at the Dock. We'd love to see as many people there as possible- stay tuned to our Facebook for more information.

- The Impact100 awards night will be held November 12th, 7.30pm at Melbourne Town Hall. We're very excited and have fingers and toes crossed for a positive result.

- David will be connecting more with groups in Sydney, looking further at expanding our ASPIRE program to NSW.
 
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