Local Swan Bay resident determined to give every child the opportunity to learn how to read

Jaxon and Lucas Pickett enjoying the opportunity to readJaxon and Lucas Pickett enjoying the opportunity to read


ENSURING every child is given the opportunity to learn to read is something Swan Bay resident, Hazel Wheeler, feels very strongly about.

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In an effort to bring stories to all children, Ms Wheeler began a book drive collecting second hand books for the less fortunate or isolated children of country and outback New South Wales.

Previously, Ms Wheeler volunteered for the Stories in the Street program in Raymond Terrace.

Ms Wheeler told News Of The Area, “I heard that the inability to read is a big problem inland due to the shortage of books.”

With help from relatives and friends donations have gotten to children in some of the smallest single teacher schools west of Narrabri.

Ms Wheeler said, “So far we have taken approximately fifteen boxes out, however there is still much work to do to reach more isolated schools throughout New South Wales.”

Unfortunately the donations have began to slow and Ms Wheeler is having to buy the second hand books herself to ensure the children are not left without.

Ms Wheeler is asking the people of Port Stephens to help her gather children books they no longer need or use.

The Centre at Karuah is the main drop off location for donations between 9:30am and 3pm Monday to Friday and 2pm on weekends.

Aussie Home Loans Raymond Terrace have also come on board as a drop off location for the month of February.
It is hoped that a drop off location in Medowie can be sourced for March.

Ms Wheeler said, ”Books will be checked for suitability before distribution.”

“Thank you to everyone who is able to positively contribute to the education of our disadvantaged children who are still suffering through the drought.”

For more information about donating or becoming a drop off location please contact Ms Wheeler on 0428814246.


By Kelly MAY

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