“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies; the man who never reads lives only one.” – George R. R. Martin
The Life on Life Initiative continues to make a difference for those who need help functioning in society. Life Leadership is especially proud of its mission to help raise awareness on the need for improving literacy around the world.
In November of 2015, Life Leadership co-founder, Claude Hamilton, expanded this literacy vision into Canada when he partnered with Literacy Nova Scotia, an organization that works to ensure that all Nova Scotians have equal access to quality literacy, essential skills, and lifelong learning opportunities.
On Saturday, January 9th, 2016, over 150 volunteers from Life Leadership donated their time for the Life on Life Initiative to pack and deliver over 2,000 books to 22 literacy organizations across Nova Scotia. The event was featured on CBC National News in Canada later that day. Check out the full news story below:
150 volunteers are delivering boxes of books to 22 community groups across the province
Teams of volunteers are delivering more than 2,000 donated books to 22 literacy organizations across Nova Scotia for Family Literacy Day.
Literacy Nova Scotia is hosting the event and the books were donated by First Book Canada, a non profit organization.
“A lot of the community-based learning organizations can’t afford the shipping costs to get the books delivered directly to them so this was an opportunity for us to help them with that,” said Jayne Hunter, Literacy Nova Scotia’s executive director.
She says the books range from hard-cover children’s storybook collections to young adult fiction. Growing up in the country, Hunter says she fondly remembers when a bookmobile came to her community offering new titles.
“We were fortunate, we got new books at Christmas and birthdays but not everybody has that opportunity,” she said. “It’s one thing to go to the library but to have your very own is special too.”
About 150 volunteers from the Life on Life network, which develops leadership material, gathered at Claude Hamilton’s home in Fall River to pack and organize the shipments Saturday morning.
He said with Family Literacy Day coming up on Jan. 27, he wanted to make sure the books were delivered on time. The annual day aims to raise awareness about the importance of reading as a family.
“Reading has added a huge value to my life,” said Hamilton, founder and co-owner of the company.
“We want to give back to the communities that we do business in and Literacy Nova Scotia matches up exactly with our core values of adding value to people and helping them become more functional in their community.”
“Being a father myself I really enjoyed hearing the stories about how happy the kids were who received the books and the reactions of the people volunteering at the 22 sites around Nova Scotia. The more we can help people with literacy across our province, the brighter future all of us have.” – Alex Nickerson (Life Leadership Member)
Nickerson captures the “book-send-off” in his video below:
If you participated in this Life on Life event or were inspired by this story, please be sure to leave a comment below.
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