How reading can save a life

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I believe with every fibre of my being that the best way to build a better future is through educating the children of the world.

A 2014 report conducted by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) states that if all women in poor countries completed primary education, child mortality would drop by one-sixth saving almost one million lives.

They also suggest poverty reduction is linked to education and that one year of education is equal to a 10 per cent wage increase, and stops the cycle of transmitting poverty between generations.

In-fact, UNESCO says that if all students in low-income countries left school with basic reading skills, 171 million people could be lifted out of poverty.

Growing up, I was blessed with incredible educational opportunities and had access to libraries full of books to feed my voracious reading habit. I now have two young boys of my own, and they too have access to wonderful schools, caring teachers, and libraries chock-full of books… As parents – hell, as people – I believe it’s our responsibility to make sure these opportunities are available to all children, everywhere, no matter what.

“World change starts with educated children” – Room To Read

Room To Read, our partner charity reached their 2015 goal by helping 10 million children access quality education.  This is a remarkable feet and must more is needed for us to see change in the world.

“The benefits of education permeate all walks of life right from the moment of birth,” said Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO.

The same report says if all women completed primary education maternal death would be cut by two thirds saving 189,000 lives each year, according to UNESCO.

This is why our Gold Light Project with Room To Read is so important and close to my heart. My energy has been funnelled and focused into building a Sleepy Magic school for children in  Nepal– yep, a whole school.

But we need $37,000 to make it happen – a humbling amount, that I know we can achieve. It’s amazing just how far an investment in education can make in the developing world – just $1 can put a book in the hands of a child in their local language, $50 could fund a child’s first year of learning to read… Together we really can help change the world!

To help us achieve our goal head here.

“Education is the most powerful weapon we can use to change the world” – Nelson Mandela

 

 

 

 

 

 

Charitable hearts *July – September*

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Oh yes, my heart was filled with joy with the efforts for our Sleepy Magic School this past couple of months.

On September 6th, I had the pleasure of running my first charity event – The Gold Light Women’s Clothing Drive. It was such a fun and successful day and what truly made it work was the support and help from family and friends. They donated their new or nearly new clothes, shoes, accessories, bags etc and I created a pop-up shop at my house.photo 1-1

photo 1-4I put on some champagne and nibbles and everyone had a great time socialising while shopping.

Not only did we get hundred and hundreds of clothes items but my mates also were very generous and donated wonderful prizes for the raffles.   I created four unbelievable raffle packs each with a Sleepy Magic book (the heART and soul pack, the summer goddess,  the business babes pack and the lady luxe pack) that went like hot cakes.

 

 

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Wphoto 4-4e had the pleasure of the head of Room to Read Australia, Chantal Lewis, join us for the day.  She said a few words about my Gold Light Project and how our efforts were going to change not just a few children’s lives in Nepal but generations of lives.  She is an amazing inspiration and it is wonderful working with people like her.

I am so grateful for so many supporting this mission.  Drum roll please…we raised an amazing $2,771.50.

On the same weekend I got a text message from Jess, one of the first Sleepy Magic and Gold Light kids (read her lemonade story here). She made $250 in a garage sale and donated $131.25 to our school.  She even made posters informing her buyers of her intentions.  This blew me away, and she called me a drama queen when I went over the top with my gratitude.  How can I not be over the top about a 9 year old girl cultivating her power by giving to others.  You go, Jess!  garage sale

So along with the proceeds of the Sleepy Magic book from July to September we have raised $8,980.94 so far. Our magic tower of books is slowly but surely becoming gold.  If you would like to see or join our efforts please visit our Everyday Hero’s page here. Thank you everyone!booktower poster sept 2015 smaller

 

Sleepy Magic Highlights April – June

I am using a big machete to cut through the thick of the marketing/publishing world. Whoa it really is a jungle and whoever said writing a book was the easy part and getting it out there is the hard part is bloody right!  Learning in this world isn’t on a curve it’s on a roller coaster.

It’s been amazing how many people who hear my story want to help get Sleepy Magic out there into the hands of tired and frustrated parents. It’s thrilling to say that parents and kids are starting their own Sleepy Magic rituals all over Australia, New Zealand, USA, UK,  and Canada.

Some highlights over the past few months are presenting to (yes getting over my biggest fear – the dreaded public speaking!) and meeting some of you at the Mind, Body, Spirit Festival in May. It was wonderful to put faces and names from those of you I have connected with on Facebook.

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Presenting to (another step closer to conquering my fear) and meeting more of you at Deborah Beers Coffee, Chai and Chat in June where the lovely Anna won a copy of the book.

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One of the biggest highlights is watching my boys faces light up when I tell them Sleepy Magic is in book stores or in a media article. This means we can reach a greater audience and be one step closer to building our school.  Yes a school!  Some of you may not know that if you have bought a book you are part of my Sleepy Magic Community. This means you are helping build a school in Nepal or I should say most likely rebuilding a school after the devastating earthquakes.  The impact we will have on these kids and their communities is HUGE.

Consider this: if every child received an education, 171 million people would be lifted out of poverty.

With the help of the proceeds from the book and individual donations from some gold hearted people we have now raised $5,735.19. You can check out the amount on the official Everyday Heroes Page or read up about my mission of charitable hearts here.

We are the change.  I can write this post and you can read it.  793 million people remain uneducated and illiterate — two thirds of whom are women and girls can’t read this.

On our book meter below I only coloured in one book over the last three months which makes me feel two things, grateful and determined.

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So thank you to all who are on this journey with me and my family.  Thank you for your generosity with your time and support in helping me spread the love and our mission.

I hope in the next three months I can colour in a lot more books than one.

Where are my troops?  I will need some help!   It’s simple. We are the change.

March Money for our Sleepy Magic School

It’s time to tell you what we have raised so far for The Gold Light Project in the past month. As some of you may or may not know the Sleepy Magic Community is building a school in a developing country with a wonderful charity called Room to Read.

The aim of The Gold Light Project is to help your children build their self-worth and grow their beautiful gold light from the inside out by teaching them the richness of a charitable heart. And in return they will help other children in a developing country grow their self-worth through education. It’s a win-win for all of our children here, there and everywhere.

What have we done so far to raise money?

Well, a number of ways:

  • 10% of all proceeds from the book go straight towards our school.
  • Donations from some amazing people straight to the Everyday Hero page
  • And the Room to Read Charity Gala 20/3/15

Can I tell you how blown away I am with the generosity of people and the help I am getting for this project to get off the ground.

Thank you to each of you who has purchased a Sleepy Magic book or 2 or 10. Amazing!

Thank you to all of those special people who have made one off donations straight to the Everyday Hero page.

And a very special thank you to the Dalzell Family for donating a whooping $3,000 at the Room to Read Charity Gala for our Sleepy Magic School. You are extraordinary.  Still have tears.  Just look at how happy I am when I told John Wood, the founder of Room to Read, what the Dalzell family raised for our project on the Gala night.

So without further adieu.  Drumroll please……..We have raised a total of: $4,886.37  
THIS IS INCREDIBLE! I am so excited and thrilled.

Just so you are aware I have added the 10% of the March book donations on to the Everyday Hero page but the money raised at the Gala will not be shown. I have deducted it from the overall amount we need to raise.

What’s happening over the next few months…

My friends and I busy putting together our first charity event at the beginning of May.
There will be a Sleepy Magic Stall at the Mind, Body, Spirit Expo in Sydney from May 28th-31st
Details to follow.

Big plans in the next months I better get back to work.  If you would like to contact me about Sleepy Magic or The Gold Light Project please email me on danielle@daniellewright.com.au

All love,
Danielle
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