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 250,000 books into 250 remote communities.
In National Reconciliation Week each year EGF co-hosts Kick On for Literacy with the Hawthorn Football Club– an event to celebrate Sir Doug Nicholls Round and designed to raise awareness of and funds for the ILF. In 2016 night raised $24,000. In 2017, Epic Good partnered with the Sydney Writers’ Festival and raised $11,000. In 2018, EGF partnered with Queens College (Uni of Melbourne) to present KOFL and raised just on $20,000.
The ILF has also partnered with the HFC’s Indigenous Program to publish two books Shock ‘Em: Stories of the Big River Hawks and Deadly Sisters of Worawa.
The EGF and #TeamEpic have also run the Outback Marathon twice, raising funds $21,933 (2016) and $11,362 (2017) for the ILF. The team included Big River Hawks players who are also part of the Katherine Clontarf Academy.
Cathie and Stuart’s son Sam is an ILF Student Ambassador at his school in Brisbane, supporting fundraising events within that community.
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