International Book Giving Day is a day dedicated to getting new, used and borrowed books in the hands of as many children as possible and we are THRILLED to be taking part in this great initiative. We decided to share books with children in need in three different ways with details below:
1. We donated a small collection of books to children living in Fiji.
2. We donated a stack of used children’s books to our school.
3. We donated some books to our local branch of the public library in Vancouver, BC.
Donated Books for the school children of Fiji
Michele Darmanin (Shelly) from Sydney Australia and Corrine Angus from New Zealand are the heart and soul behind on initiative collecting donations of new and used books and coordinating their shipment to a remote island in Fiji to children who are very much in need. Here is what Shelly has to say:
“Our main goal is to provide quality donated books for the primary / high schools students that will essentially help to improve their English, Reading and Writing skills. We have recently discovered there are many remote and isolated schools throughout Fiji who have not received any new donated books for over 20 years . . . . . this is not an exaggeration on our part.
In August 2012, we personally escorted 400 kgs of donated books including educational supplies from Sydney Australia to Viwa Island in Fiji. This took an enormous team effort by my husband, our adult son and myself to successfully deliver the many boxes of donations from Sydney to Viwa Island, Fiji.
We were happy to keep our promise with helping the school children of Viwa Island even without any financial sponsors. It was a joy and honour to help the children and dedicated teachers of Viwa Island District School. The tiny remote island is located 48 nautical miles from Denarua Marina and is north west of the Yasawa Group of Islands.
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I was very moved by the dedication and drive of these two women and what they have accomplished. I wanted to help out in my small way. First, these women have 300 cartons of books to ship to Fiji. They are seeking donations to help fund the delivery of 600 kg of books! Please consider donating to this great cause through the Go Get Funding website. I was happy to help out with that! Second, my kids and I cleaned out our three bookcases and chose some books to ship over the Sydney for Shelly and Corrine. Imagine our surprise when the shipping costs were estimated in the 3 digits! Oops! New plan…
I decided that I would be able to donate some books by shipping them directly to Shelly and Corrine through the Book Depository instead and in this way, I could support some of the authors whose books we’ve reviewed on our site. This proved to be a very difficult decision but weighing cost and availability factors we settled on these five books:
Donation of Books to Our School and Public Library
So, after our epic fail of donating a big box of books to the children in Fiji, we were left with a big stack of books to donate somewhere. After discussing this all together we decided to break up the books into stacks and donate the books that are appropriate for school-aged children to the school that my children attend and the rest of the books to the branch of the public library we most frequent.