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Children's Charity Network


One of the best things about this job is the chance to visit some really remarkable places. A terrific group called the Children's Charity Network organised a trip for four authors and illustrators, including myself, to visit outback Western Australian schools. Tiny Remote Community Schools like Yulga Jinna, with just a dozen or so kids, then down to Meekatharra, Cue and Mt. Magnet. There are big problems and bigger hopes, and books and literacy are a key part of that hope. A real eye-opener of a trip, very different from Melbourne in almost every conceivable way, except that the kids are creative and imaginative and full of dreams. Thanks to Sandfire Resources for the funding and hospitality. Followed by a week in Geraldton with more schools and workshops, combined with the amazing drug-awareness action groups there. Thanks Paul Collins, Den Scheer, Phil Kettle and Marc McBride for the company and laughs on some very long drives, and the educators and teachers who worked with us for the two weeks. 


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