Impact 2021 - a year in pictures
January - book collection
We were off to a great start with a perfect team and a vision that we can really make a difference in the lives of our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young children. It really was "the PERFECT thing"
February - 400 books rehomed to Latje Latje country
Koori kids with their new books!! ❤💛🖤These books were donated by libraries and community donors across Naarm, collected and packed by Books 'n' Boots volunteers in February, and driven up to Latje Latje Country to be re-homed
February - Our first ever fundraiser event
the lead up to National Close the Gap Day, we hosted our first-ever official FUNDRAISER! The event was held at the gorgeous Thornbury Picture House, with a special screening of 'In My Blood it Runs'
SPECIAL GUEST: our Patron and AFL Legend, Derek Kickett 🤙🏾
We got a write up in the local paper!! Thanks to the Tweed Valley Weekly for featuring this story on Books 'n' Boots 🥳
Two of our NSW volunteers will drive by truck from Murwillumbah on Bundjalung lands to Toomelah, Mungindi and Wilcannia to rehome approx. 2000 books!
April continued - NSW Road Trip
Notes from the Road Trip:
"After dropping 630 books in Toomelah, and having a yarn and quick cuppa with the teachers, the Books 'n' Boots team headed 173km West through Gamillaroi Country to the town of Mungindi.
While Toomelah was nestled within lush, green scrub like a mini oasis or small wetland in the middle of the bush, the road to Mungindi was almost immediately dry and vast, with bright blue sky above and kilometres upon kilometres of cotton crops in every direction you looked. The team even saw groups of Thinawan/Dhinawan (emu) in amongst the crops!
About 1pm the team arrived in Mungindi. Such a beautiful little community and school. Michaela welcomed us and decided to open up the boxes of books, and organise sessions for each age group of kids to come through and choose some books they would like to take home and keep! Books 'n' Boots provided 730 books for Mungindi, and there were so many smiling faces as the kids came through and carefully made their selections - the library was bustling!!"
May -Covid Lockdown didnt stop us
Naarm went into a 7 day snap lockdown which extended until November 2021. While this was difficult for the team at Books n Boots, we continued to receive book donations via the post. Look at all the goodies!
We collected, sorted, and waited. We took this opportunity to connect with communities, and let them know that we will deliver the books as soon as restrictions eased.
THANK YOU to Lindisfarne primary on Bundjalung Country who specially donated 15 boxes of beautiful books to BnB as part of Reconciliation Week!
Our deadly NSW volunteer Aunty Joan headed up to Lindisfarne this week to collect the books and hang out with some of the local preschoolers 🥰
July - Live on ABC Radio National
We went live on the Life Matters program on ABC Radio National.
On 2nd July at 9.25am, our deadly co-founders John Harding & Tara Newen talked about the creation of Books n Boots, our journey so far, exciting next steps, and how you can get involved 🖤
August - 1000 books sent to Katherine, Northern Territory
1000 books that were sorted and packed with love on Wurundjeri Country by our Victorian volunteers ARRIVED in KATHERINE, NT!!
Katherine Isolated Children's Service (KICS) who provide a mobile playgroup for isolated mob in the NT will be delivering these books out to Community in conjunction with their work. We are SO excited to be partnering with KICS to get these much needed books out to some of our most isolated kids & families 👌🏽
September - Thank you! Thank-you! Thank-you
Our postal book donations kept rolling in during September. We were still in the midst of Covid-19 with Victoria extending it's restriction for the whole state.
We kept focused and stayed positive, waiting for the end to lockdown.
October - yay! our books reach the booris
So soo excited to see our first lot of books have arrived up in Katherine NT and to see so many happy bubs with smiling faces!! 🖤
Thank you to the Katherine Isolated Children's Services - a deadly mob who deliver a mobile playgroup in the remote region of Katherine. They also help us distribute these gorgeous books to the booris.
November - Annual General Meeting time :)
Look at this deadly Team! That time in the year when we get a chance to come together, reflect on the year that was 2021, share incredible food, and get excited for the new and exciting year ahead.
Pictured is our board directors, Simon, Jenni, Tara, and John. Also in the picture are bottles of emu oil and 1970s ceramic op shop finds. 😍
December - Family, Friends and Community
We came out of Covid restriction stronger and did not miss the chance to reconnect with loved ones.
2021 was a wonderful year and we would like to acknowledge our behind the scenes supporters in 2021:
-Tabitha and the Besen Foundation
-Tara from Proud Poppys Clothing
-Caitlyn from DustinKoa Arts
-The First Nations Writer's Network and Creative New South Wales and the wonderful Cathie Craigie.
To all the schools and community groups (there are so many of you, and you know who you are!).
To the individual donors: a special mention to Jenny and Maria, our monthly supporters.
To the participating libraries and local council areas.
Finally, our dedicated volunteers: Simon, Jenni, Steve, Aunty Joan, John, and Tara. Our impact would not be possible without you!