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Celebrating National Book Week

Literacy non-profit organisation, Read to Rise, plans to distribute 3,000 Care Packs during September in celebration of National Book Week and International Literacy Day on 8 September 2020. From 1 September 2020, Read to Rise will be visiting Grade 2 learners at primary schools in Mitchells Plain and Soweto.

On 1-2 September 2020, the Read to Rise team visited Meadowridge Primary School in Lentegeur, Mitchells Plain. 128 Care Packs were handed out to Grade 2 learners who were excited to see Read to Rise. We thank our sponsors Wipro, Albert Wessels Trust and Alettes Rusks.

A Care Pack contains an 'Oaky and the Virus' book, an 'Oaky and the Virus' Activity book, a soap, mask, juice and snack. 'Oaky and the Virus' is a book that we published due to the pandemic which hopes to help children to understand how they can avoid the virus. There is a fun song for children to sing while washing their hands. The story was written by South African poet Athol Williams and illustrated by Taryn Lock and has been translated into 8 languages. The book and activity book is free to download from

Read to Rise promotes youth literacy in under-resourced communities in South Africa. To date, the organisation has conducted over 3,600 class programme and given out over 200,000 new story books. Read to Rise works with 20,000 learners at 75 primary schools every year, so the organisation is hoping to raise funds for 20,000 Care Packs.

To sponsor a Care Pack for a child for only R100, the public are welcome to visit our online fundraising campaign here.

Together we can get more children inspired to read!

For more information, please visit our website

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