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Employees dig deep to share the gift of reading

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Access to books and other reading material is a critical part of childhood development – but not all kids have that privilege, especially those from disadvantaged backgrounds.

That’s why, in the lead up to Book Week (20 to 26 August) and International Literacy Day (8 September), Greater Bank employees were asked for their help to support Greater Charitable Foundation partner, the Australian Literacy and Numeracy Foundation (ANLF), and its Share-A-Book program.

The response was overwhelming with 230 new books donated that will now be distributed by ANLF to children in some of Australia’s most marginalised communities across the country.

Greater Charitable Foundation CEO Anne Long said access to books was a critical part of childhood development.

“Reading is the basis for all learning,” she explained.

“However, some children, especially those from disadvantaged backgrounds, don’t have access to books and other reading materials.

“That makes supporting the Australian Literacy and Numeracy Foundation and its Share-A-Book program so vital.

“The books Greater Bank employees have donated will go to children in marginalised areas who are almost twice as likely as other kids to be developmentally vulnerable in the domain of language when they start school.

“This has a serious impact on their future because they’re starting from behind and it’s very difficult for them to catch up.

“This can then lead to disengagement from education, which can further entrench intergenerational disadvantage.

“I’d like to thank all the Greater Bank employees who donated books to this great cause and acknowledge the terrific work Greater Charitable Foundation partner, the Australian Literacy and Numeracy Foundation, does through the Share-A-Book program and the other activities it conducts to help improve the educational outcomes for children around Australia.”

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