Three members of our club Geni, Gaylene, and Jan attended the special assembly at Pembroke school Wednesday 13th April to present the cheque being a sponsor for Duffy Books in Homes.

Some of you may not know just what Duffy Books is all about so here is a brief summary.

Duffy Books -    trading name of The Alan Duff Charitable Foundation Duffy Books in Homes . Alan went to a school in Hastings in 1992. The majority of those students came from bookless homes hence the initiation of this programme in 1993 and in 1994 the Alan Duff Charitable Books in Homes programme began.

Being a Duffy school opens a world of opportunities for pupils. Children develop a love of books. Of course the parental role is crucial, with the children able to take the books home and create the opportunity to share the books with other family members.

Schools are selected from areas where the children are possibly likely to come from bookless homes. The school is decile rating one. A financial partnership is set up with the sponsors to fund the books.

Three times a year a book catalogue is delivered to each child on the programme.  There are approximately 75 titles per book offer with children receiving a minimum of 5 books per year. Each book has a sticky label which has the child’s name on as well as the school and sponsor. The children keep these books at home.

Currently 520 schools, with 200 sponsors.

The children were just so appreciative, some very coy receiving their books but their little faces said it all.

Scott Tulloch, who some of you may know, an illustrator and children’s book author was the guest speaker and he had the children just loving him talking and showing some of his books on the screen eg I am not a worm.

This is a very worthy programme that we sponsor ladies and would not exist without the help of sponsors.

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