The Child Writes Fund
We edge another step closer to establishing theFund so we can access tax deductible donations and take the program to more and more children in need! A company has been set up and we have a fabulous and dynamic Board of Directors (see below).
This is why we are doing what we are doing...
The Child Writes Fund is to be established as a charity whose purpose is to advance culture and to advance education by providing
- Literary enrichment programs, recording the stories and drawings of children.
- Develop an inherent self-recognition and imperative of the lifelong value of reading.
- Support for International Read to Me! Day March 19, encouraging children to be part of the conversation about their literacy future.
- A platform whereby children can themselves support other children in crisis, in the form of workshops for children to create their own stories and share them.
- Support to children creating safer communities by giving them a voice to the broader community.
Children writing for children, supporting children…
Our dream, and the ultimate goal of Child Writes, was to establish the Child Writes Fund. We have been working towards monetising a version of the Child Writes program to generate funds to support our major objectives (LiveWriteShare is a version of the course for adults, available via Teachable...) as well as flipping the Child Writes Competition to ensure all income goes directly to the Fund. At the same time, publisher Boogie Books is plotting and planning how to generate sales of books faster than the conventional distribution via bookstores and this income too will support the Fund.
We want to:
- To distribute these amazing books in mini-libraries to locations wherever children are in crisis or need. This could include places such as oncology and hospital wards, Ronald McDonald House, doctor’s surgeries, Relationships Australia, in donation boxes at Christmas time via The Smith Family or St Vincent de Paul, and in all Pyjama Foundation libraries, accessible to children in foster care.
- To provide financial sponsorship for disadvantaged children who may otherwise not have the opportunity to be empowered by the Child Writes program.
- Via International Read to ME! Day to address the issue of resources and distribution, by supporting a book drive and distributing the collected books to locations around the world who are looking for books!
There is far more to this dream than simply donating books to entertain children. What do we really want to give these children something above the experience sickness, disadvantage, pain and despair. By sharing these books and / or the program, we bring them one of the most important things that any child can have. Empowerment.
Empowerment exists in the hope that impossible dreams can come true. It comes in the belief that they can accomplish things they have never even dreamed of before… that they can rise above their circumstances. Empowerment brings the joy and understanding that there is good in their world. Each book opens the door to a land of adventure, and laughter, which helps them to see beyond their crisis, to the expectation that there is something better in store. Sometimes all a child needs is a respite from the crisis or lack, to allow hope to rise.
Hope that is allowed to flourish, becomes empowerment. And that is what Child Writes and the Child Writes Fund is all about. Empowering children to overcome, achieve and enjoy. Empowerment that will change lives now and into the future. Could there be a better reward?
Empowerment is not just for the children who are in crisis. The child authors and illustrators are also unquestionably impacted by the knowledge that they are making a difference in the lives of hurting children. The Child Writes Fund will provide an even more focused purpose for these children. To think that their lives can positively affect another’s is an incredible source of empowerment, which causes children to look beyond themselves, to the needs of others. It really is a win/win!
The tattered and missing titles in existing Child Writes libraries gifted to hospitals, are evidence that these books are well loved and eagerly desired. They really are making a difference.
Would you like to be part of this? You could...
- Be actively involved in International Read to ME! Day by organising an event.
- Support the Child Writes program financially, by making purchases from our store or simply make a donation.
- Enrol your child in the Child Writes program. The program fees help us to empower children in crisis, as well as empowering your own child.
- Help us to get the word out there, by telling people about Child Writes or posting to your social networks.
- Organise an Imagine it workshop or Child Writes program at your school.
- You may even want to become a tutor of the program, or know someone else who would.
You can find out more on our Get Involved page. We are driven by the thought of Children writing for Children supporting Children, and we hope you are too.
A big thank you goes to the following supporters, who have helped us to empower children:
- Ashley Smith Orthodontics & Preston Peak Winery for supporting financially disadvantaged
students into the program by part payment of the printing and material costs for the authors
costs for the authors participating in the school based program at Middle Ridge from 2006-2012.
- Clifford Gouldson Lawyers for donating a number of sets of books to the Royal Brisbane Childen's Hospital in 2012.
- The Toowoomba Hospital Foundation for their encouragement, their support and for being the community representatives at all the book launches to date.
- Boogie Books was also able to financially support the full program costs of five students into the Eidsvold Child Writes program during 2011.
Board of Directors
Richard HoultPartner and Principal of the accounting firm: Moore Stephens, has two children and an uncanny ability to present solutions before problems are raised. He is responsible for ensuring the compliance and governance of the Foundation are supported.
Belinda SandersPresenter ABC Southern QLD Radio. Belinda is very community orientated and is a member of the Gold Park Sporting Club Committee and the Southern Queensland Crimestoppers committee. If there's any time left over Belinda spends time with her husband and children.
Natasha RaineTash is a passionate literacy advocate who actively engages in the reading strategies and recommendations with all of her five children. Tash is also actively involved in both fundraising and representative committee’s in her children’s schools. She studied Occupational Therapy at Cummberland College.
Dr Tanya McLeanTarn was awarded a Doctor of Philosophy, USQ in 2016, having already completed BVAR (Distinction), BCAR (Hons1st). Tarn is also the founder and designer Ocre Design and lives in Toowoomba with her husband and two children.
Samantha MacanshSam is currently the CFO for the Coles Group, having been the Chief Financial Officer of PrimeAg Australia Ltd, Company Secretary as well as Public Officer. She was associated with General Pants Group and the Coles Myer Liquor Group. She has a Graduate Diploma of Applied Corporate Governance in 2010 and a Master of Business from Monash University in 2002.
Role and responsibilities of the Board:
- To act with reasonable care and diligence.
- To act in good faith in the best interests of the charity and for a proper purpose.
- To ensure that financial affairs are managed responsibly.
- To not allow the charity to operate while insolvent.
The Board Members share their wisdom through the prism of their own experiences as sounding boards, as guidance, and as passionate literacy advocates, believing fundamentally that it does indeed take a village to raise a child.
The Child Writes Fund will:
- Provide financial sponsorship for disadvantaged children and / or teachers in areas supporting disadvantaged children, who may otherwise not have the opportunity to be empowered by the Child Writes program.
- Support International Read to ME! Day
- Distribute the Child Writes Library (350 plus titles) as mini-libraries to locations wherever children are in crisis or need. This could include places such as oncology and hospital wards, Ronald McDonald House, doctor’s surgeries, Relationships Australia, in donation boxes at Christmas time via The Smith Family or St Vincent de Paul, and in all Pyjama Foundation libraries, accessible to children in foster care.
- Create opportunities for children post book-launch for them to continue sharing their voices in traditional (bricks and mortar stores) and nontraditional distribution channels (eg: Jetstar Inflight Entertainment / Amazon eBooks / Stuck on You.)