The 2014 National Assessment Program for Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) report results showed that only two in 10 children in very remote parts of the Northern Territory are achieving at or above the minimum standard for reading in Year 3. This drops to only one in 10 by the time a child reaches Year 9.
The Indigenous Literacy Foundation (ILF) is a national charity that was founded to address children’s literacy levels in remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. The ILF’s work is done through three core programs: Book Supply, Book Buzz and Community Literacy Projects. The ILF also advocates to raise community awareness of Indigenous literacy issues and to date have put over 140,000 books into 230 remote communities.
Cathie and Stuart can’t imagine a world without books, so in Reconciliation Week 2016, they hosted Kick On for Literacy – an event to celebrate Sir Doug Nicholls Round and designed to raise awareness of and funds for the ILF. The night raised $24,000 which will go towards improving literacy rates in places without access to resources. In 2017, Epic Good partnered with the Sydney Writers’ Festival for the 2nd KOFl – with a debate on whether the book is better than the ball. The night raised just over $11,000. As less than 36 per cent of people in remote communities have access to a library, all support makes a difference.
Epic Good have since partnered with the ILF and Hawthorn Football Club to publish Shock ‘Em! – an anthology of stories written by members of the Big River Hawks footy team in Katherine.
Cathie and Stuart’s son Sam is also an avid reader and has taken on the role of promoting the ILF throughout his school community in Brisbane, and will host two major fundraising events in 2016.
An epic good night of books and balls – Anita Heiss blog
Media Release: Sydney Writers Festival KICK ON for LITERACY 2017
11 Year Old Hero – Sam Giles is making a difference – ILF blog
Book Week: Brisbane 12yo raises almost $3,000 for Indigenous Literacy Foundation – ABC News
Sam Giles speaks to indigistream.com.au about the Indigenous Literacy Foundation and St Peters Lutheran College. Watch it here!
Young NT footballers release new book, Marngrook, NITV, 22 July 2016
Young footballers put pen to paper and Shock ‘Em – National Indigenous Times, 13 July 2016
KICK ON for LITERACY: Anita Heiss and friends’ fundraising mission, SBS / NITV.
Epic Good Foundation KICK ON in aid of Indigenous literacy, by Resa Zakants in BMAG, 19 May 2016
Media Release: KICK ON for Literacy an event to celebrate Reconciliation Week, Sir Doug Nicholls Round and Indigenous Literacy