If you’ve got self-worth, you’ve got everything you need. You can change your life. Change your family. Even change the world.
Buy the Book…
But it definitely doesn’t have to be that way. In fact, bedtime can become one of the most special, sacred parts of your day – a chance to bond with your child heart-to-heart, unhindered by the stimulation and distraction of daily life.
That’s why I created Sleepy Magic.
This beautiful hardcover book is a gift to banish those sleepless nights. But even more importantly, it builds and nurtures your child’s self-worth.
And as well as the incredible flow-on benefits for you and your child, you’ll be changing the world in another important way. As an official partner of Room to Read, I’m thrilled to announce that 10% of all proceeds from Sleepy Magic go directly to funding scholarships to help girls in developing countries go to school.
Incredibly, we have already raised over $37,000 and built our very own Sleepy Magic School in Nepalgunj, Nepal, in partnership with Room to Read. This project was funded by book sales and donations.
“It’s people like Danielle Wright who choose to support Room to Read with unique initiatives like Sleepy Magic that enable us to continue the vital work that we do – when you purchase this beautiful book you not only strengthen the relationship you have with your own children, but also strengthen the future for children throughout Asia and Africa as well”.
Get Alfie the Angelfish & the Great Escape
This gorgeously rendered picture book will delight preschoolers and parents alike.
What may seem to be ‘just’ the story of a cheeky angelfish, is really a spirited romp about looking beyond someone’s appearance and embracing unexpected heroes.
And, just like Sleepy Magic, 10% of all proceeds go directly to our Room to Read fund to help young girls in developing countries get access to education.
How’s this for a scary statistic: Nearly a billion people entered the 21st century unable to read a book or sign their name.
Puts things into perspective, right?
But reading and education are so important. In fact, data from 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.
Room to Read has helped more than 9 million children access quality education through schools, libraries and books and ensuring girls are able to finish their high school education.
But to reach their goal of helping 10 million children by the end of 2015, they desperately need our help.
This charity is so close to my heart.
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.
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.
Sleepy Magic has already raised enough money and built a school in Nepal – a tremendous achievement by any measure.
But the journey doesn’t end there.
There are still millions of kids who need our help; who need your help.
And it’s truly humbling how big an impact our ‘pocket change’ can make in the developing world – just $1 puts a book in the hands of a child in their local language, while $1 per day (still a trifling amount) can keep a girl in school for a year… Together we really can help change the world!
Every little bit makes a difference, and change starts with us.
(Room to Read is a registered charity, so all donations are fully tax deductible.)
Build a kick-ass lemonade stand…
“If life gives you lemons, don’t settle for simply making lemonade – make a glorious scene at a lemonade stand.”
By far the most exciting part about the Sleepy Magic phenomenon has been watching children take their newfound sense of self-worth and set about to change their own little corner of the world.
No example touches my heart more than Jess, the very first kid to jump aboard…
Jess is 9, lives in Sydney, and was a total Sleepy Magic convert.
She heard about Room to Read from her mum, who explained that some of the money from buying the book went to helping children on the other side of the world who didn’t have access to things like libraries, schools or teachers.
Jess was extremely moved.
And then she did something incredible: she decided to take action.
With the thrumming heart of a future entrepreneur and world-changer (!), Jess decided she was going to set up and run a lemonade stand at her school, so that she could raise money and send it to the kids who needed it.
On her own initiative and without assistance, she ‘pitched’ her school principal, asking if she and her classmates could please bring in ingredients, make lemonade, set up a stand, and sell it to the rest of the students. She assured the principal that the students would do all the work and take full responsibility.
With a resounding ‘yes’ to her idea, Jess set about putting her plan into action.
She recruited classmates, organised contributions, delegated tasks, and proceeded to pull off the most heart-felt lemonade stand that her small suburban school had ever seen.
Altogether, they raised $334.37.
All from seeing the dreadful lemons that some children got dealt in life and deciding that they wouldn’t stand for it.
This is the kind of self-worth and action that warms my heart and gives me hope for the future. My wish is that through this message of self-worth and empowerment, we can encourage children, parents, and random people everywhere to step up and change the world.
If you or your child want to take action to raise money and create change, you can:
- Check out this excellent list of great ideas and resources. Want some great kid-friendly out-of-the-box fundraising ideas? Step right this way!
- Explore these helpful Room to Read guides for parents and teachers. These super-useful pages are packed with great pointers on how to get started.
- Start your own project and donate today. Every dollar makes a difference. Literally. Just $1 buys a book for a child in their local language, while $50 can fund a whole YEAR of literacy training. To make a donation to Room to Read, Click here .
- Let us know what you’re doing! The Gold Light Project is all about sharing your stories of self-worth, empowerment and taking action. We wanna hear from you! Shoot through an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know what you’re up to.