World Book Day is designated by UNESCO as a worldwide celebration of books and reading. It’s now marked in over 100 countries around the globe, mostly on April 23, but in order to avoid school holidays, this year’s World Book Day in the UK is taking place in just over a fortnight’s time, on March 3.
To mark this day I’m hoping to raise some money for a great charity, Book Aid International and I need your help! I’ve set myself (and the girls) a challenge which I’m hoping you’ll sponsor us to complete.
So what’s the challenge?
My girls and I will be attempting to visit as many different libraries as possible over Half Term (a school holiday here in the UK, 19-27 February), all by public transport. In doing so we’ll be supporting many libraries threatened with closure and reading lots of new stories together. Our target is 14 different libraries in 3 different counties in England.
You’ll be able to follow us on Twitter @playbythebook. We’ll be taking photos, checking out the comfy seating, making noise and having lots of fun!
Anyone, anywhere in the world can sponsor me for any amount from £1 (approximately 1.2 Euros, 1.6 Canadian/Australian/US dollars, 73 Indian Rupees) using Paypal or your credit/debit card, via my site at JustGiving.com.
Donating through JustGiving is simple, fast and totally secure. Your details are safe with JustGiving – they’ll never sell them on or send unwanted emails. Once you donate, they’ll send your money directly to Book Aid International (and if you’re a UK taxpayer they’ll make sure Gift Aid is reclaimed on every eligible donation). It’s a really efficient and safe way to donate. Since JustGiving was set up, over 12 million people have used it to raise a staggering £700 million for charity.
Book Aid International increases access to books and supports literacy, education and development in sub-Saharan Africa. They provided 507,787 new books to over 2,000 libraries last year alone and have sent more than 30 million books to partner libraries since 1954. Like me, probably like you, Book Aid International is a great believer in the fact that Books Change Lives – just take a look at this video:
So, what are you waiting for? Please, let’s work together to raise money for a fantastic charity – you can help right now simply by clicking here and donating the price of a cup of coffee!