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223 More Children to receive books

A significant new funding stream for United Way Ballarat’s Imagination Library was officially announced on Thursday night, July 23.

A major contributor to many of the issues facing our community is low literacy.  Tackling that issue at the grass roots, by providing the means for families to embrace reading from birth, is the aim of the Ballarat Imagination Library.

A significant grant has been sourced from Perpetual Private Impact Philanthropy which will enable 223 more Ballarat children, those most at risk of getting to school without the skills they need to learn, to receive an age appropriate book every month for the next 5 years.

The funds are being provided by Perpetual Private Impact Philanthropy from the H&L Hecht Trust and the Percy Baxter Charitable Trust. Perpetual says: “Fundamental to our belief is that quality organisations understand where their resources are most required to have an impact in the communities they’re servicing.”  It is, therefore, a testament to the quality of the Ballarat Imagination Library program that it has been selected to receive this significant support.

Geoff Sharp, CEO of United Way Ballarat, is thrilled to be able to announce this new funding stream.  “The Ballarat Imagination Library is a long-term project of United Way Ballarat that relies on funding from the community to achieve long-term results of improved literacy levels in our region.  With this funding, we can now be confident that 223 more children will enter school in five year’s time with a love for books, an understanding of reading, and the ability to learn.”

There remain 318 children in Ballarat waiting for sponsorship.  If you would like to make a difference to a Ballarat child’s future click here.





United Way Ballarat is working to advance the common good of our community by focusing on Education, Income and Health.  These are the building blocks for a good life—a quality education that leads to a stable job, enough income to support a family through retirement, and good health.  United Way Ballarat asks all the citizens of Ballarat and surrounding areas to do three things: GIVE – money and goods; ADVOCATE – on behalf of those who cannot; and VOLUNTEER – to invest time in our community More about United Way Ballarat


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