Blackmores Sydney Running Festival 2017

Daniel Aussie Books for Zim 

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I am running my first marathon and raising money for Aussie Books for Zim as part of that. Their work is really important, and I want to do what I can to help. But there is only so much I can do on my own. You can help too, by donating to my page. Any amount you can give makes a difference! Aussie Books for Zim is an Australian charity that raises money and collects books (and shipping containers to make a shipping container library) to send over to schools in rural villages in Zimbabwe so the children there have access to resources as part of their education. Lots of the children over there are no where near as fortunate as children in Australia. They also use the money to train locals as librarians to help the children as they learn. I've seen the benefit of programs like this first hand in Zambia, and believe that helping children along in their education is important and rewarding to see the results. You can also support me by encouraging others to get involved, too. Please email the link to my page to your friends and family, or share it on social media. Thank you for your generosity and support -- it means a lot to me. Together we can help Aussie Books For Zim create the world we want to see.

About my cause: Aussie Books For Zim

Aussie Books for Zim collects books and stationery from Australian communities, schools, families and individuals to set up school libraries in rural Zimbabwe. Our goal is to improve literacy in these communities, in order to empower kids with knowledge and the confidence to contribute to shaping the world they live in.

The idea emerged after founder Dr Alfred Chidembo observed the large volumes of books in excellent condition that were annually discarded in Australia. Further, Australian libraries send to the landfill at least 5 million books yearly. These books could otherwise be ‘recycled’ and used in libraries of disadvantaged communities worldwide. The Aussie Books for Zim project was subsequently launched to address this gap.

Aussie books for Zim has full knowledge of how books can transform lives and would like together with like-minded people, communities and companies ensure that more of tomorrows doctors, teachers and lawyers will arise from these disadvantaged schools through this project. Together with a team of passionate volunteers we hope to give children in rural Zimbabwe a chance to escape the throngs of poverty through books. We hope to set up links and share education programs between Australia and Zimbabwe thereby creating impactful relations between the two countries.

About Blackmores Sydney Running Festival 2017

The 2017 Blackmores Sydney Running Festival is an iconic event with a spectacular course that includes a run over the Sydney Harbour Bridge and a finish at the Opera House. The festival will be held on September 17, 2017 and features a marathon, half marathon, bridge run and a family fun run - so there is something for everyone. 35,000 runners are expected to participate in 2017.

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