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ISSUE 55 | June 2019
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HELLO FROM THE OFFICE
We're thrilled to announce that Rotary, which has been a constant companion so to speak in sponsoring and supporting Books in Homes for a long time, has started a fabulous fundraising campaign to fund schools in Victoria’s South Eastern and Yarra Ranges suburbs. Initiated by Rotary District 9810, the fundraising campaign is being launched on 1 July 2019, although you are previewing the details here in our feature article. Please check out it out below and click across to the GiveNow page to read more. 

We've been on the road for the last couple of weeks, visiting schools and attending Book Giving Assemblies around Sydney, the Central Coast, and in the west and south of NSW. I drove to Lithgow Public School, as well as Hume Public School in Albury (that's me with Mainfreight's Ashley Hemopo and Tori Graham, as well as Leonie Lewis the School Principal). Julie, our Communications Coordinator, visited Darkinjung Barker School and Wyoming Public School. Later this week Julie will also be visiting Brooke Avenue Public School, which she's looking forward to. The schools have been astounding in their commitment to and their enthusiasm for the Program, and our Role Models have gone beyond the call of duty in their fantastic presentations. We're looking forward to getting to all schools across the country first chance we get. Just a reminder that once Term 2 comes to an end we won't be operational during Term 3. That's where the Books in Homes team catches up on tasks and plans for the future. So, although we'll reach out again in our July to September issues of The Bridge we won't be contacting schools and sending out Preview Packs until late September and early October, depending in which State or Territory you live.
Peter Large
Chief Executive Officer &
Chairperson of the Board of Trustees

 
FEATURE ARTICLE:
LAUNCH OF
THE ROTARY DG FAMILY PROJECT BOOKS FOR KIDS CAMPAIGN

Shia Smart, the District Governor 2019-20 from Rotary District 9810 has just initiated a new fundraising campaign called the Rotary DG Family Project Books for Kids Campaign, which aims to identify and fund primary schools in Victoria’s South Eastern and Yarra Ranges suburbs that will benefit from being on the Books in Homes program.

The District 9810 Rotary Family project in 2019-20 will focus on:

  • contributing to helping overcome generational poverty,
  • enhancing the chances of success in early education,
  • opening up options, choices and potential in later life, and
  • making a difference within our local communities.

Rotary District 9810 together with Books in Homes will provide books-of-choice to children living in the local communities of District 9810 in disadvantaged and low socio-economic circumstances, ensuring crucial early literacy engagement and the development of reading skills needed for lifelong achievement.

The books are top quality and brand new, curated for the program by the Books in Homes Book Selection Committee, made up of authors, illustrators, educators, and parents.

The campaign launches on 1 July 2019. If you'd like to read more or make a donation to this fantastic project please go to our GiveNow campaign page.

Thank you, Rotary District 9810 for your generosity in supporting Books in Homes Australia.

SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT
Sponsor: Quarry Mining and Construction Equipment
Location: Beresfield, NSW
Website: 
www.quarrymining.com

What does Quarry Mining and Construction Equipment do?
Quarry Mining has been providing a wide range of quality products, service and support to the construction and mining industry for 30 years. They are committed to delivering ongoing solutions including on-site support, product trialling and procedures training.

How long has the Quarry Mining  been supporting Books in Homes Australia? 
Quarry Mining has been supporting Books in Homes since 2013.

What school does the Quarry Mining and Construction Equipment sponsor?
Quarry Mining sponsors Beresfield Public School in NSW.

PHOTO: Quarry Mining and Construction Equipment representative Pete Hodgson and Role Model Lynette Ralston with students from Beresfield Public School at the Term 2, 2019 Book Giving Assembly.
ROLE MODEL CORNER
Name: Terry Hansen
Location: Brisbane, Qld
Job: Comedian, Writer, Producer,
Storyteller and Radio Host
Website: 
www.terryhansen.com.au
What part of your work most interests you?
Engaging audiences through participation when writing or performing children’s stories. In Stand Up, I always MC because I love to tell jokes that are shared with my audience.

How did you choose your career path? 
In the first week of March 1984, I started Drama School at Q Theatre, Penrith. I tried out at the Comedy Store and also met my wife. All three have stuck with me for life.

Who has inspired you most in life? Why?
My Q Theatre teacher Richard Brooks. He only cared about the process, the story and the audience. Engage these three and your career will look after itself.

What did you most enjoy about school?
Mates and games at lunchtime. I was a keen Wargamer way before screens.  In Dungeons and Dragons you had to draw your own maps on paper as you discovered them. It took weeks to play.

What did you hate most about school?
I don't like people who bully or put other people down because they have different interests. A place where everyone is the same and does the same things is a pretty boring place to live.

What advice would you give your 10-year old self?
Don’t try to do things you don’t enjoy, just because everyone else does them. Find the things you love to do and you’ll find other people who like them too!

What three children’s books were your favourites when you were at school?
Harry the Dirty Dog by Glen Zion. I couldn’t believe his family didn’t recognise him!!!
Oworo by René Guillot [Translated by Gwen Marsh] The story of a mother chimpanzee who tries to keep the water of laughter in her child’s eyes. I won it for coming 3rd in Class at Padua in Grade 5.
Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott—Adventure and betrayal but you also saw how terrible war was.

What would you take to a desert island?
An esky full of cold drinks—the ice could melt for washing water; Weetbix—the only thing I could eat for breakfast, lunch and dinner; and the full Harry Potter series—if the rescuers haven't found me by the time I've finished, then they're not coming.

And just for fun, choose your preference below:

Lions, tigers or bears (oh my!)? 
Bears, but can it be a Koala? Are they Bears? [EDITOR: No they're not, Terry. :)]
Jelly babies or jelly snakes? Jelly snakes! Polite people never eat babies!
Spring, summer, autumn or winter? Spring is best, because winter is gone and summer is coming!

Tennis or cricket? I love to watch Ash Barty play tennis. She is fierce and fair and the French Open Champ!!
Passionfruit or mangoes? 
Mangos (I'm a Queenslander!).
Ghosts or goblins? Ghosts! I’d rather die of fright than bites!
Planes, trains or automobiles? 
I LOVE to drive! Where do you live? I’ll drive there!
Harry Potter, Hermione Granger or Ron Weasley? 
Hermione is the best. She’s the only one who knows what’s going on!
Fantasy or sci-fi? 
Sci-fi! I have seen every Star Trek episode ever!
Running or yoga? Running! But the more I run, the more I need to do some yoga for my aching bones?!
SHOUT OUT!
A big SHOUT OUT goes out to our new Volunteer Wendy Haynes who is now the Books in Homes Reading and Literacy Researcher, as well as a Role Model (Wendy went to her first Book Giving Assembly at Taree Public School this term!).
Wendy has been learning the craft of writing for over ten years and has completed a Diploma in Creative Writing at Southern Cross University. Her writing focuses on middle-grade fantasy and contemporary stories for children, picture books, and Young Adult. Her first picture book Hayden’s Bedtime was published in March 2019, and she is working on a children’s fantasy series, with book one due out in August 2019. She believes that having a regular writing practice, and understand the device at your disposal, is the key to not only completing a story but in building the skills required to produce a worthy manuscript. She was a judge for the Port Writer’s In-house competition for the creative non-fiction category in 2018, and one of the judges of the fiction category in 2019. She is one of the judges for the CYA Competition for 2019 and a board member for Hunter Writer’s Centre. Wendy won first prize for her short story Going Nowhere, at Port Writers In-house competition 2018, and enjoys helping and motivating writers and has developed a mentorship program to help writers tell stories. Armed with a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, she conducts writing workshops on and offline through her business Writing for Keeps. Being part of a writing community Wendy has volunteered for both roles of the President and Treasurer of Port Writers Inc. a not for profit local writing group bringing writing workshops and presentations, as well as writing exercises to the group. You can find out more about Wendy here. Welcome aboard, Wendy!
We're also thrilled to announce that Books in Homes has a new Corporate Supporter in Collette, which is a travel company with offices in Australia and overseas. Collette delivers a sense of possibility across hundreds of destinations across the world, including comprehensive land tours, river cruises, rail journeys, small group tours, garden holidays and more. The Collette team who are based in Sydney, Melbourne, the Gold Coast, Caloundra and Perth are volunteering as Role Models for Book Giving Assemblies in their area. You can read all about Collette here. Thanks for reaching out to children in need of books across Australia! We think you will all have some wonderful travel stories to share.
FUN BOOK FACTS WITH RACHEL
Did you know Carolyn Keene did not write the Nancy Drew books? In fact, she’s not a real person. Instead, Keene is a pseudonym standing for several writers who worked as ghostwriters on the series created by the publishing icon Edward L Stratemeyer.
Fun Book Facts have been contributed by our Role Model and emerging author, Rachel Armstrong, who is located in Townsville, Qld. You can read more about Rachel here: www.rachelarmstrongauthor.com.au
THE BOOK THAT CHANGED ME
As a food obsessed kid, I adored Raggedy Ann & Andy written by Johnny Gruelle where iced biscuits grew on trees. Other stories that also intrigued me involved worlds that adults didn’t know about—underground, in miniature, or within secret gardens that only children could access so Fattypuffs and Thinifers by Andre Maurois represented a melding of those two things. This second book also changed my life by introducing me to politics and asking which side appealed more—the sumptuous, indulgent and comfortable life of the Fattypuffs or the workaholic, over-exercised, lettuce eating existence of the Thinifers. I wanted something that neither side could offer... a slice of in-between. After settling their differences with a war, the two sides started mingling and eventually lived as one harmonious society where all weight distinctions were abolished. It was a story that introduced my twelve-year-old self to an adult world shaped by race, gender, culture and religious politics and raised the question—why can’t we learn to accept our differences and live in harmony as one?
Submitted by Zoë Harvey, Filmmaker.
http://torridfilms.com/

 
MAINFREIGHT CALENDAR – JULY 2019
The July 2019 image was illustrated by Philip
(Age 12) from Carole Park State School.

CLICK on the image above to download the calendar page.
Provided courtesy of Mainfreight.

IN THIS ISSUE
HELLO FROM THE OFFICE
FEATURE ARTICLE: Launch of the Rotary DG Family Project Books for Kids Campaign
SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT: 
Quarry Mining and Construction Equipment
ROLE MODEL CORNER: Terry Hansen
SHOUT OUT!
FUN BOOK FACTS WITH RACHEL
THE BOOK THAT CHANGED ME: Zoe Harvey

MAINFREIGHT CALENDAR: July 2019
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FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGNS
Do you know it only costs $82 for a children to participate in the Books in Homes Primary Program for a year?
Please help Rotary raise funds in the Books in Homes, Rotary District 9810 Books for Kids Campaign, which aims to identify and fund primary schools in Victoria’s South Eastern and Yarra Ranges suburbs, that will benefit from being on the program.
Please help us raise raise funds in the 
Books in Homes GIANTS Greater Western Sydney Campaign,
which aims to identify and fund primary schools in Western and South Western Sydney that would benefit from being on the Program. 
Help us raise $2,000 so we can send additional donated books, magazines and gifts to children on the Program.
THANK YOU TO OUR GENEROUS SCHOOL SPONSORS
THANK YOU TO OUR GENEROUS PARTNERS
THANK YOU TO OUR GENEROUS DONORS & SUPPORTERS
THANK YOU TO OUR GENEROUS SCHOOL DONORS & SUPPORTERS
WELCOME TO OUR NEW ROLE MODELS
Welcome to new Role Model Georgina Culverson who is a reader and an aspiring magician, and is also the Executive Assistant to the Chief Property Officer at Mingara Recreation Centre.
Welcome to new Role Model Jodie Davidson who is an illustrator and visual artist.
Welcome to new Role Model Sarah Jayne Eeles who is an author.
Welcome to new Role Model Linda Jackson who is a Senior Constable in the NSW Police Force.
CALL OUT FOR STORIES!
CALLING SPONSORS & SCHOOLS
If you have a good news story about your Book Giving Assemblies and your partnership with Books in Homes Australia then please CLICK THIS LINK  to email THE BRIDGE editor for submission information.
CALLING ROLE MODELS
If you are a Books in Homes Role Model and you are celebrating a great coup like a book or product launch, an award, an anniversary or another achievement, and want to be included in the "SHOUT OUT!" column, then please CLICK THIS LINK to email THE BRIDGE editor for submission information.
CALLING ALL READERS
If you would like to share a story in our "THE BOOK THAT CHANGED ME" column, then please CLICK THIS LINK to email THE BRIDGE editor for submission guidelines.

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