Tile with a book at the bottom of the page, its pages are rolled to create the shape of a love heart. The text says Booktober, Start reading this Booktober. Sign up as a bookworm and fundraise to help disadvantaged kids.

Visit www.booktober.org.au.


There are many walks, fun runs, and marathons for charity but during the lockdown, we have seen the cancellation of almost all these events. Now there is an event where you can help raise important funds from the comfort of your own home. Instead of getting active, it’s time to stop, breathe and read a book – all for a good cause. WestWords is partnering with Booktopia for the second year in a row for Booktober, an annual event launching on International Literacy Day, September 8th, and held during the month of October to encourage people to read more books and donate to the cause.


It’s a simple process – people (affectionately known as Bookworms) can decide how many books to read during October and opt-in to raise funds to support WestWords in providing books and literacy programs to disadvantaged schools within the greater Western Sydney region.


WestWords is dedicated to celebrating and championing the stories of people, places, and cultures that compromise the heart of Western Sydney. Literature, self-expression, and creativity have the power to change the lives of children and young people and with the support of Booktober, they are given an opportunity to develop literacy and life skills through telling their own stories. WestWords Ambassador, Byran Brown, is calling on people to “get involved in this special initiative that will help raise funds for kids who don’t have the opportunity to access these programs or have their very own books.”


“Working as a School Programs Manager at WestWords with a background of 30 years as a classroom teacher has provided an opportunity to view the impact on students and teachers of author visits and writing workshops. I’m proud to say that at WestWords, we play a part in putting quality books — and therefore quality stories and ideas — in the hands of kids who might otherwise miss out and reigniting engagement and passion among teachers. Students who were sometimes disengaged are excited and stimulated, producing work that is honest, raw, and moving. Teachers have reassessed their ideas around teaching literacy as they watch their students’ ideas explode.” Sheryl Cootes


Booktober will run from the 1st to the 31st of October 2021. For more participation information, FAQ’s and to sign up as a bookworm please visit www.booktober.org.au.