The Lions Club of McCrae have been involved with this project for the past 4 years and during that time have supplied Eastbourne Primary and Seawinds Community Hub Child Care with books for the children. It is a project that gives much pleasure to the recipients, teachers and parents.
Melinda Shelley, a volunteer in our local community, understands that babies and children need books to have a real chance in life. Knowing that you first need to have books to be able to read to children, but that books are a luxury when you are struggling to put food on the table, Mrs Shelley has taken action to create change where governments and agencies have not.
We’ve donated 500,000 children’s books
123Read2Me currently provides children in low socioeconomic communities with FREE quality children’s books through recycled books or new ones purchased with cash donations. The total value of books donated to date exceeds $5,000,000.00 (replacement value).
We promote reading to children and support the work of over 120 organisations, most operating in the Frankston, Mornington Peninsula, Dandenong, Casey, Kingston and Bayside Local Government Areas of Victoria.
Our goal is to give two (2) books a month to every child under 15 living in poverty in Australia. This means we will have to collect, sort, pack and ship the equivalent of 78,000+ books every day.
With our own warehouse / distribution centre and a transport partner, we will be able to ship books across the country to every one of these children who need books.
Lions Club International
In 2016, we created the 123Read2Me Children’s Literacy Project in partnership with, and the support of, the Lions Club of Mordialloc-Mentone Inc and the Lions’ Districts 201V5, plus a growing number of clubs in Lions Districts across Australia including 201V3, 201 V6, 201V1-4, 201Q2 and 201N4.
This project has helped 123Read2Me collect, sort, pack and giveaway over 500,000 free books to vulnerable and at-risk children.