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Bookworms urged to read for a cause

INSTEAD of getting active, it’s time to stop, breathe and read a book – all for a good cause, says Campsie author Wai Chim who is an ambassador for WestWords.

Helping to provide books and literacy programs to disadvantaged schools, WestWords is partnering with Booktopia for Booktober, an annual event held during October to encourage people to read more books and donate to the cause.
“If you sign up as ‘Bookworm’, you’ll receive a 10 per cent discount from Booktopia and through getting sponsors for each book you read, you’ll be helping to create awareness about the need for greater literacy programs,” Wai said.
“For example, 44 per cent of Australian adults have low literacy skills. Greater Western Sydney alone boasts 10 per cent of the Australian population – that’s one in 11 Australians and half the world’s cultures represented within its boundaries.
“In homes where English is a second language, children and adults may not have access to home libraries so this is a great opportunity to get everyone reading more.”
Actor and new author Bryan Brown is also a WestWords ambassador.
“Let’s give kids the opportunity to get hold of books, to read and get carried away with the fantasy and fun of reading a book and writing,” he said.
There are also prizes and rewards to win along the way; to learn more or sign up, go to booktober.org.au.