Long after our frenzy of fundraising activities around World Book Day, we continue to hear wonderful stories about what you got up to. This, from Judy at James Allen Prep in London, is a great example:
“At James Allen Prep we were thrilled to have raised £1,450 pounds, enabling the sending of 726 books to sub-Saharan Africa.
“We celebrated reading with a week of activities including; a ‘Big Read’ on World Book Day, an ‘Extreme reading’ competition (with bookworms captured reading in trees, swimming pools and even a washing machine), a visit to our local Village Bookshop, where Hazel read to us while we used our book tokens, and bedtime stories, where classes brought teddies and chocolate milk to be read to by teachers in pyjamas.
“There were displays of activities, and each child was given a bookworm on which they could mark the books they’d read. Sponsorship was optional but the support was enormous; everyone was delighted to support such an important cause as Book Aid International. Let the world read!”
Thanks very much to all the James Allen pupils and your teachers! Your support was amazing, and it really will make a difference. Thanks to you, we’ll be changing more lives through books.
We always love to hear your stories – about fundraising for Book Aid International, or simply your relationship with books – so if you have one you’d like to share, please get in touch!
No doubt you know about World Book Day and may have even seen some of the World Book Day fundraising action that we’ve posted on this blog. We are always enormously grateful for the support we get from children and love how enthusiastic they are about what we do here at Book Aid International.
Because of this we were very excited to team up with St George’s CE Primary School just down the road from our headquarters. The school had a ‘dress up as your favourite book character day’ for World Book Day and raised a fantastic £150 for Book Aid International sending 75 books to Africa. They then had a competition to decide the 2 best dressed children in each year group (ages 5-11) who were then chosen to come and pay Book Aid International a visit.
We often have volunteers in and out of our offices, but not normally fourteen school children, so it was great fun!
The kids arrived at 1.45 and Martina, our Trust and Corporate Fundraiser showed them around our warehouse where all our books are kept, told them about where the books come from, what we do with them when they arrive and what happens to them when they leave us.
The children were happy to hear that the money they raised would be sending these books to Africa and quite possibly to children so similar to themselves. They were able to browse the book shelves for a little while before starting to help us stamp the books.
Gathered round tables, with stamps in their hands, in just one hour the children managed to stamp 1,946 books between them! Amazing! And not only that, but at 2.30 when they had to back to school most of them wanted to stay for the rest of the afternoon, even if it meant missing their tea!
Tidy Books, who carried out a fantastic competition for World Book Day to raise money and help us send more books to Africa have now teemed up with a gorgeous US website called Oh My Handmade to help raise more money for Book Aid International.
All you have to do is visit the giveaway on Oh My! then sign up for the Tidy Books newsletter. For every four subscriptions to the newsletter, Tidy Books will donate £2 to Book Aid International. £2 is enough to send 1 book to Africa. And by doing this, you’ll be in with a chance to win one of Tidy Books lovely bookcases.
It’s a brilliant offer that we’re excited to share with you, so please do take a look over at Oh My!
During the build-up to World Book Day, we heard from lots of you who were surprised how easy it is to make a difference by supporting Book Aid International.
The idea that it only takes £2 to send a book overseas really seized imaginations – especially when you consider just how it can change a life. Take 14-year-old Rukia, a regular reader at a library we support in north-east Kenya. She told us, “I want to be a doctor when I leave school. My parents died from tuberculosis when I was six. I hope they would be proud of me.”
So now that World Book Day and World Book Night are over, there’s an easy for you to continue supporting literacy in sub-Saharan Africa if you would like to do so: it’s the Reverse Book Club!
For just £6 a month (that’s about the same as three weeks’ Sunday papers), you can send three books, each of which will benefit a community more than you can imagine.
As Michael Palin, a keen supporter of Book Aid International, told us, “One of the things I’ve found on my journeys is the thirst to learn more about the world, and this is one sure way to help people get more out of life. Each and every book sent gets read over and over again – changing thousands of lives.”
If you’re interested, find out more and join the Reverse Book Club.
We just wanted to say a really big thank you to everyone who took part in World Book Day and raised money for Book Aid International.
Over the last week or so we’ve heard so many lovely stories from schools, teachers, librarians and individuals about the amazing things you’ve been doing to celebrate World Book Day (and World Book Night).
Every £2 you gave will send another book to the sub-Saharan countries where we work. And thanks to you, more lives will change.
Don’t forget you can tell us on Twitter or Facebook what you’re up to. You can also add your photos to the Book Aid International Flickr group.
Whatever you’re up to, we hope you’ll be having fun!
If you’ve been staying up to date with the Book Aid International blog recently, you’ll know that we work mainly in sub-Saharan Africa. But which countries exactly will be benefitting from your support?