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Story of Twin Girls

Their challenging back-stories came through in their art

This was a drawing done by one of the 8-year indigenous twins on their first day of our Art & Literacy program. These twins have been in 6 different Indigenous foster care homes in the last 18 months, they were very quiet and shy at first. Many come from very challenging circumstances, which included the twin girls having witnessed an adult in the foster home they were living having died from a drug overdose. Another had watched her young friend hang them-self.

Gradually the students warmed to us, I literally didn’t have a spare moment over the two days as they all wanted to get my help and develop their artwork and express themselves. Their challenging back-stories came through in their art. This was vividly seen in the artwork- one girl produced a painting of gravestones, another of a sunset with a message of hope. We photographed the artwork for the CCN to see what they achieved.

Although we taught them the tools of art and writing we wanted their own stories to come through, this is where a love of art and writing can grow, I believe art can literally save lives. Although many artworks were incredibly sad, challenges are a fact of life for these young, bright students and this was a very healthy forum for them to express and let go of these sometimes bottled up emotions- by expressing these terrible incidents through their art.

Marc McBride – Leading Australian Illustrator and Judge of the Young Australian Art awards.

Below is the artwork produced by the twins after two days of intense mentoring art & literacy workshops.

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In Memory of Rob Leonard, Our Founder

It is with great sadness that the Board of Directors, staff, and myself from the Children’s Charity Network must inform you of the passing of our founder, Mr Rob Leonard, following a 14-month battle with Cancer. We pass our condolences to Rob’s friends and family at this terrible time.

Rob was a wonderful, caring man with a passion for service and charity. His vision to influence young Australians through literacy 25 years ago has impacted thousands, who will all be saddened by this news. In honour of Rob, I look forward to growing his vision and continuing to advocate for the value of literacy and arts.

Please take a moment to reflect upon Rob’s impact on you, and remember his uncompromising belief in the power of Art and Writing.

Rob, you will be truly missed but never far away from our thoughts. 

May Rob’s memory be a blessing.

Jason Woods
Children’s Charity Network Board and Community

Story of Twin Girls

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