Give the Gift of Reading

WHY SHOULD YOUR WORKPLACE JOIN IN THIS YEAR?

Because almost 1-in-5 New Zealand kids start school each year without the skills they need to learn to read; even more in disadvantaged communities.

Sadly, most kids that start behind, never catch up. And the impacts of low literacy often escalate during adulthood.
But the good news is that the research is clear – early literacy intervention changes lives.
Together, we’re transforming lives by:

Delivering monthly books to 0-5 year old kids
Supporting parents and carers to read more with their pre-school aged kids, and
Strengthening early literacy in communities where kids are more than twice as likely to start school unprepared.

We need you to rally your colleagues to help reach thousands more children at-risk of starting school unprepared.
Can you help to run a Gift of Reading campaign at work this year?

WHAT IS THE GIFT OF READING?

The Gift of Reading is an online fundraising campaign organised in workplaces, to improve the early literacy of New Zealand children in communities where they’re at high-risk of starting school unprepared. Each year, people in workplaces large and small across New Zealand fundraise to support United Way’s early literacy programs, providing pre-schoolers with the foundations they need to start school ready to learn to read and keep up with their peers – skills like how to hold a book, recognise letters and understand rhyme.

WHY GET INVOLVED?

  • Because the Gift of Reading lasts a lifetime. Quite simply, you’ll be changing children’s lives.
  • United Way will provide all the resources you need (desk cards, email templates, posters, stories, online fundraising support etc).
  • It’s a fabulous way to engage colleagues and customers in an issue that everyone can relate to.
  • You won’t need to handle any cash – all fundraising can be easily done online.
  • A Gift of Reading campaign can run alongside your office’s existing activities.

  • HOW DO I GET INVOLVED?

    1. Fill out the form below and we will be in touch with more info and to provide everything you need.
    2. Organise an event, such as a morning tea, to launch your Gift of Reading campaign at work.
    3. Start your fundraising campaign and get everyone involved!

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