RFA Acknowledged in NSW Parliament

It was a big surprise to discover that Mrs Wendy Tuckerman, MP for Goulburn, had included Reading Friends Australia in her address to the NSW Parliament on the 24th of May.

We are very grateful to Mrs Tuckerman for the thoughtful and heartfelt words she chose to express the importance of the support we provide to local schools, and to praise the passion and commitment of our volunteers.

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Click here for the transcript.

Late last year RFA was successful in securing funding from the NSW Regional Youth Office through the Children And Young People Wellbeing Initiative Project jointly funded by the Commonwealth and the NSW Government under the Disaster and Recovery Funding Arrangements.

29 May 2023

Government Visit a Success

Last week we had the privilege of welcoming a representative of the NSW Regional Youth Office who came to see our projects in action.

Together we visited Moss Vale Public School where Mrs Marcon-Jones explained how reading practice is essential to the effectiveness of the literacy support programs run by the school.

On this occasion we also delivered the first batch of rewards to all the children participating in reading support activities.

At the end of the visit we met with several of our volunteers for the traditional End of Term Morning Tea, which provided another great opportunity to socialise, share experiences, and gather feedback.

Celebrating 100 Hours of Reading at Moss Vale PS

Thanks to our wonderful volunteers we were able to provide an equivalent of 480 one-on-one reading sessions to the children of Moss Vale Public over the last 7 months.

Fundraising Morning Tea a Joyful Gathering

Over thirty people joined us for a cuppa and some delicious treats this morning at Cafe' 1925 in Bowral.

It was a lovely opportunity to make new friends and win some spectacular prizes.

As always, our volunteers were our biggest supporters and they turned up in numbers providing first-hand feedback on their experiences to our guests.

Money raised will be used to cover part of our essential running costs.

Neeny's Playhouse Opens Doors to Story Time

This morning we held our very first Story Time session in Mittagong, thank you to Neeny's Playhouse for giving us the opportunity to trial this new service.

RFA Opening Dinner

A presentation dinner was held last night at the Southern Highlands Winery in Sutton Forest to introduce RFA to members of the local community.

We were privileged to welcome representatives from Moss Vale Public School, supporting businesses, friends, and volunteers.

First Readers Serving at Moss Vale PS

Today marks the start of our reading assistance program with our first four volunteers entering Moss Vale PS.

We are grateful to the school for accepting to trial our program.