I decided to start the year off on the right foot and nominate Pencils of Promise as the charity I’d support – with your help. Pencils of Promise build schools in the developing world, train teachers, and support children and communities to access education. In 2018, more than one in every ten children around the world was illiterate and in developing countries, that figure was 1 in 3. Let’s help change that, and provide opportunities for children to experience the joys of reading and writing so that their lives can include more opportunities and meaning.
All you have to do is read
- Read or listen to a book, story of some kind. Try to do this once a month or every two months. You can borrow a book from the library, or buy one. It might be gifted to you, or it might have been waiting for you in some pile beside the bed collecting dust. Perhaps you prefer an e-book or an audio-book. It can be any kind of book, story or a non-fiction book like a memoir or a cookbook or a travel book. It could be a graphic novel. A comment piece, investigative journalism, or even a textbook. Anything!
- Next take a picture and post it with the name of the book, story you are currently reading or listening to, or finished, on the World of Wellness and Writing Facebook page. Feel free to suggest any books, stories, articles or audio books that you have already read and enjoyed. That way you’ll be adding to a list of resources that we can all dip into and choose from. We all love help in choosing our next read!
- Sign up to become a Team Member of the World of Wellness and Writing’s Fundraising Team for Pencils of Promise. You can join the Writing Warriors here.
- Each time you read a book, set aside a little bit of money and then donate the total sum at the end of the year. Or you can go directly to Pencils of Promise and make a donation there. It doesn’t have to be much. Whatever you can afford will be helpful.
All I have to do is list what you read
During the year I will post a quarterly list of all the titles and reviews you have read / submitted so that you can swap ideas and reviews. I’ll also be asking you to donate the money you set aside from your completed books and stories to Pencils of Promise. When you donate that money is up to you. Just make sure you have registered as a team member first. It will feel great to help someone else to experience the pleasure and joy that reading brings. The world needs more writers and readers. Let’s spread the word!