Zonta Club of Bunbury holds International Literacy Day event

On 19 September, the Zonta Club of Bunbury, Australia, held a book drive. The club handed out books to 40 mothers and children at three multicultural playgroups in Bunbury and Eaton and a playgroup run by the South West Aboriginal Medical Service. 

The club hopes to promote the importance of parents reading to their children through the book drive to improve literacy levels and promote International Literacy Day. 

Since 1995, the club has donated books to various organizations such as child and parent centers, young mother groups, and newborn babies and their parents. This year, the club wanted to include young multicultural and First Nations children in their activities. 

International Literacy Day is an event that profoundly aligns with the Zonta spirit and mission: it is a day to remind people of the importance of literacy as a matter of dignity and human rights. For this year's event, the club decided on the theme, "Literacy For a Human-Centered Recovery: Narrowing the digital divide," to acknowledge the difficulty some students have accessing and using online learning during the pandemic. 

The books were all purchased through the club's fundraising events throughout the year. To learn more, visit their Facebook page or website.