Share-A-Book – Australian Literacy and Numeracy Foundation

SunWater got behind the Australian Literacy and Numeracy Foundation (ALNF) in 2012 to support their ‘Share-A-Book’ program. The program involves providing new and quality pre-loved books to Indigenous, refugee and marginalised communities in need of resources. One of the many challenges faced by ALNF when implementing literacy programs in marginalised communities is the lack of basic literacy resources available to students – of all ages. This presents a significant barrier in helping these children develop the necessary literacy skills required of them to actively participate in the schooling environment.

Share-a-Book (Palm Island) children reading a book

Once books are received into communities, ALNF Share-a-Book Libraries are established in local schools, pre-schools, community and language centres. Adults and children are invited to borrow the books with no negative consequences if the books are damaged or dirtied. The books do not need to be returned to the library and can be kept at home if desired.

SunWater provided a financial contribution to the ALNF and SunWater staff also donated books which were delivered to two schools located in Far North Queensland – The Injinoo & Bamaga State Schools.

SunWater was happy to be a part of a great program which focuses on youth education and providing much needed literacy resources to remote communities across Australia.

For more information on the Australian Literacy and Numeracy Foundation and to either collect your own books for the program or to assist in the distribution process, visit https://alnf.org/Pages/get-involved or call (02) 9362 3388.

Share-a-Book (Palm Island) child holding a book