This is my personal pledge to ensure that this years Booker Prize winner will benefit charity.
Here’s my deal to give something back to the community, I have aligned a Short Listed book to a charity that supports literacy, and when the winner is announced I will donate $50 (AUD) to the charity aligned to the random book I drew against each worthy cause.
But there’s more…..I am so confident of Julian Barnes being this years winner, if he does take home the prize I will donate $50 to EACH of the charities below. So cheer for “The Sense of an Ending” and each charity will also be a winner.
Please feel free to visit any of the links in my post and look at the work these charities are providing, maybe even donate something yourself?
The Pyjama Foundation – The Sisters Brothers – Patrick deWitt
The Pyjama Foundation Love of Learning Program® is a literacy-based mentoring program for children in care. Volunteers from the community – Pyjama Angels – are recruited, screened, trained and supported to help the children improve their literacy skills.
Indigenous Literacy Foundation – Jamrach’s Menagerie – Carol Birch
The Indigenous Literacy Foundation (ILF) aims to raise literacy levels and improve the lives and opportunities of Indigenous Australians living in remote and isolated regions.
Feelix Library – Half Blood Blues – Esi Edugyan
The “Feelix Library” for children is Vision Australia’s response to the increased interest in parents and siblings wanting to learn braille. The echidna, called “Feelix” is the symbol of the library, chosen because the echidna has poor vision with very good olfactory and tactual skills.
Care Australia – Snowdrops – A.D. Miller
Gifts from this category support education, which is the basis for creating long-term change. Educated girls become educated mothers, who will have healthier families, earn a greater income and will be more likely to educate their own children.
Books in Homes Australia – Pigeon English – Stephen Kelman
Books in Homes empowers children and families living in disadvantaged circumstances in Australia, through their choice of brand new books. This clearly promotes the love of reading and ultimately, much improved literacy skills.