What does the Melbourne Football Club have to do with the National Year of Reading 2012

What is the National Year of Reading?

The National Year of Reading 2012 is about children learning to read and keen readers finding new sources of inspiration. It’s about supporting reading initiatives while respecting the oral tradition of storytelling. It’s about helping people discover and rediscover the magic of books. And most of all, it’s about Australians becoming a nation of readers.

Whats on?

The NYR was officially launched on the 14th of February and there are a number of events throughout the year. Check them out here

Whats on @ WFC library?

The staff have planned a number of wonderful activities and competitions during the year to celebrate and promote the National Year of Reading  – updates to come!

NYOR Ambassadors?


   NYR have some great ambassadors like the Melbourne Football Club, to support and promote this special event.

    Read more about them and their thoughts on reading here on the NYR website




 Some of the National Ambassadors

  • Anh Do Comedian and award winning author. ““I owe much of my success to a box of books that my mum bought from St Vinnies when I was a kid….”
  • Andy Griffiths children’s author “One of the first books I ever encountered was the German children’s classic, Struwwelpeter. It featured a range of children disobeying their parents and meeting a variety of grisly ends. It was both funny and terrifying at the same time….”
  • Melbourne Football Club Cale Morton and Colin Garland supporting their Read like a Demon program and proud to be NYOR ambassadors.

Some of the State Ambassadors

  • Deborah Abela (NSW). The author of the Jasper Zammit (Soccer Legend) series.
  • Jarred Ilett (NT). The CEO of NT Thunder (QLD/NT AFL), and a former fireman with NT Police Fire and Emergency Services. “Reading is an essential skill that I utilise everyday in training as a Fire Fighter, editing as part of my duties with Intensity Sports Magazine and knowing the game plan for the Territory Thunder Football Club….”
  • Kevin Rudd MP – (QLD). “….. It doesn’t matter what you read – a book, a newspaper, a poem, a magazine – it matters that you read….” 

 And to remind all of us how lucky we are to have access to educaton and the gift of reading and books. 

Directed by Justin Chadwick from a script by Emmy-winner Ann Peacock, THE FIRST GRADER is a heart-warming and inspiring true story of one man’s fight for what he believes is his right in order to overcome the burdens of his past. It is a triumphant testimony to the transforming force of education.

First Grader Short Synopsis 

In a small, remote mountain top primary school in the Kenyan bush, hundreds of children are jostling for a chance for the free education newly promised by the Kenyan government. One new applicant causes astonishment when he knocks on the door of the school.  He is Maruge, an old Mau Mau veteran in his eighties, who is desperate to learn to read at this late stage of his life.  He fought for the liberation of his country and now feels he must have the chance of an education so long denied – even if it means sitting in a classroom alongside six-year-olds. Moved by his passionate plea, head teacher Jane Obinchu, supports his struggle to gain admission and together they face fierce opposition from parents and officials who don’t want to waste a precious school place on such an old man. Full of vitality and humour, the film explores the remarkable relationships Maruge builds with his classmates some eighty years his junior. Through Maruge’s journey, we are taken back to the shocking untold story of British colonial rule 50 years earlier where Maruge fought for the freedom of his country, eventually ending up in the extreme and harsh conditions of the British detention camps.


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