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Thank You Thursday: 72,000 Books and Counting

The passion and gusto of young people can be astounding, but Canadian sisters, Emma and Julia Mogus, have so much enthusiasm for making a difference that it is nothing short of inspirational. The teenage girls founded an organisation called Books with no Bounds, in 2011 and have been helping Aboriginal Canadians ever since.

Later this month, on April 23rd, it is World Book Day so we thought it would be a great time to share this story about their passion for helping Canadian children living in remote reserves who are in need of reading material and education resources. An initiative organised by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), to promote reading, and publishing, World Book Day is in its 20th year.  One of the reasons UNESCO decided upon this date for the annual event was because it was the date that William Shakespeare died in 1616.

Books With No Bounds believes that every child deserves the opportunity to read and should have access to an enormous supply of books. By providing reading material and other learning tools, the organisation refreshes the shelves of Aboriginal school libraries, community groups and organisations, ensuring children and teens have access to good books, regardless of where they live.

Now in its fourth year, the organisation has distributed 72,000 books to communities in Ontario, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, British Columbia, Quebec, Nova Scotia and even as far away as the Philippines, India, Ghana and Uganda, Africa.

Books are donated by publishers, authors, schools, individuals and other organisations. They’ve been getting some great publicity for their tiresome work including this feature on CBC News:

This Thank You Thursday, we give a big shout out to Emma and Julia and their incredible work with their charity Books with no Bounds. Keep up the fabulous work!

See you in the pond,

The Fish Chick.

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