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Welcome to our November e-Newsletter
Happy End of year! And indeed welcome to Summer and the festive season. Before you know it Christmas and 2016 will be here! 
November like the month before was another busy month. We had a huge month of events and book deliveries. 

Over the last month ALF has managed to send out around 10,000 books to a range of beneficiaries from Inner Melbourne, Port Phillip Prison Indigenous Section, to all the way up to Erub Island. 
Not to mention our usual delivery points in Queensland and West Australia. Most of these deliveries have been facilitated by our new partnership with Footys4All and their transport partner TNT. 
This partnership has been a wonderful way to leverage up our reach and impact. For this we must thank John Flynn and Alan Thorpe from Dardi Munwurro for putting Mick Gallus from Footys4All in touch with us. We are very appreciative of this new relationship. Also a big thank you must go to Mick for all his amazing, passionate work! Well done guys! 

As December approaches we are now having our final exams and surveys, not to mention our Christmas breakups and parties. The homeworks clubs will mostly finish around the 10-15 December. In our newsletter I will be delivering some of final test and program results, and also some reflections from our students on 2015. I will also be showing some extra pictures of our programs in action. Having been around the nation visiting our partners and projects in almost every state, I can tell you now the kids and families that we work with are simply amazing people, so full of fun and excitement. I am particularly interested to reflect on some of the more progressive ideas that we have put into action this year, such as the Arts & Cultural Engagement programs and our ASPIRE Girls Mentoring program. Stay tuned! 

Over  November we also saw our involvement in the Final Four at the Impact 100 Melbourne. This prestigious grant saw only one charity selected from nearly 50. We made the final four. We send our congratulations to Kids Off The Kerb. We gave it a red hot go, with three of Indigenous mentors (Aunty Sharon Hughes, Glenis Dow and Charmaine Harrison) being in attendance with myself to spruik the ALF to members of the Impact 100 Melbourne. We were delighted at making the top four and receiving $2000 prize and a video (made for us by The Post Project). We will have the video on online asap. This very important night illustrated to all of us just how much our work is now being recognised and acclaimed. Added to Impact 100 we also initiated an Annual Giving Program for October & November. The aim of this new initiative is to give the ALF an alternative funding source during our most problematic time of the year. We are excited to announce we had more than 112 donors participate in the Annual Giving appeal raising more than $15,000. This reflected a 18% response to the appeal – Extraordinary! Well Done everyone! This amount made the difference between a traditionally flat time for our cash flow and a spur to keep programs and deliveries moving! THANK YOU so much for this investment. We have never done something like that before, and it is not our desire to ask our supporters for a never ending stream of money. However in reflection of other years the Sept/Oct/Nov period is a very difficult one for us, and without creating an alternative source, our work would be limited by funding. Remember we are a private and independent charity that receives or solicits government funding. We hope this alternate source will grow over time and indeed smooth out our financial year! PLEASE AGAIN ACCEPT OUR SINCERE THANKS FOR YOUR PARTICIPATION in this new appeal. 

Also in November we saw a number of donations (books and money) from a range of sources. Andersons Creek Primary School and The Wilderness Society donated a huge number of books to us! These books were quickly sent off to Queensland. Also the Methodist Ladies College (Melbourne) held a wonderful concert for us during November which raised over $3700! These type of events and donations are the lifeblood of our community helping us do our jobs! Please if you have any ideas to join these great supporters in helping the ALF please contact me at davidperrin@aboriginalliteracyfoundation.org and we can work together to help more people learn to read and count! 

Well that’s enough for this month! Next month a full wrap up of our programs and academic year! Look out for it! 
In the meantime please have a wonderful Christmas and a safe and happy new year! 
Please if you are stuck for a present – why don’t you give the GIFT OF LITERACY this year. Donate to the ALF and we can pass on books, tutors and mentors to the kids in 2016! 
Keep well everyone! Best Wishes 

David Perrin 
CEO, Aboriginal Literacy Foundation 
Fundraise for us
We have been overwhelmed by the generosity of community groups who have run fundraisers on our behalf this month.
Methodist Ladies College in Kew (Victoria) hosted a concert on November 26th, raising over $3700 for us. Its donations like these that help us to continue the work we do in the community and provide positive experiences for Indigenous youth.
Another community group working for us in November was the City of Tea Tree Gully in South Australia who hosted a community garage sale, donating their profits to the ALF.
If you have any ideas and want to help, please give us a call at the office (03) 9650 1006, send us an email, or have a look on our website for more idea.
No idea is too big or small, we appreciate all the help we can get.
Melton Homework Club
Our new Melton homework club is going strong, as mentioned before we have been lucky enough to partner with some fantastic local organisations, AIME and even now getting some parents involved. 
Each week the students meet and are offered food, study assistance and a warm, fun social experience after school.
The attendance numbers are growing each week, and the group have started a collaborative artwork that will be on display in the school. This was lead by phenomenal volunteer Alyssa- Kate Hanson, you can see the work in action below.
Can't wait to see more from this group in the new year. 
Latest News 
- We had amazing success this month with our Annual Giving Circle. We have many memberships and from 112 donors, raised over $15,000. What a way to go!!
- The impact 100 awards were hosted on November 12th. We were lucky enough to make it in the final four, and receive a great donation as runners up. Congratulations again to Kids off the Kerb who took home the big prize.
- We unfortunately had to postpone our Docklands arts and culture program until the New Year. Stay tuned for more updates.
- Our collaboration with Footys for All has been wildly successful this month, we've sent so many books out around the country! Well done to Mick Gallus, fantastic work.
 
Upcoming in December
Heading into the end of the ear we will be focused on ending our 2015 programs on a high note.
We re still on the look out for some warehouse space for our books program, if you might have an idea for us, please contact David at davidperrin@aboriginalliteracyfoundation.org
Our last day in the office will be the 18th December, we hope you're all able to get some relaxation time in over the holiday period. 
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