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Meredith Costain and Andrew Plant running workshops in Hope Vale, Weipa and Mapoon.

In late July and early August 2023, Meredith Costain and Andrew Plant travelled to Cape York Peninsula in far north Queensland to run writing and illustraton workshops at Hope Vale,  Weipa and Mapoon.

These workshops were proudly supported and funded by METRO MINING, and we appreciate their generous assistance.

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Meredith and Andrew flew from Melbourne to Cairns, followed by another flight in a tiny plane to Cooktown. The following day they drove further north to the  Cape York Aboriginal Australian Academy in Hope Vale, to present workshops to students from Prep to Year Six.

After taking another couple of flights they spent four days working with the students from Western Cape College, at both the Weipa campus and in Mapoon, an hour further up the coast.

Meredith, who worked with students from Prep to Year 3 at all three schools, was delighted by their enthusiasm for language and stories. The kids had fun writing a group poem about dogs, then creating their own poems featuring favourite animals. They also enjoyed acting out one of her picture books about Australian animals, which led into an art activity featuring local animals.

Andrew worked with the Year 4-6s, creating group stories that would begin with a very ordinary situation, and rapidly spiral out of control! A key element was that the stories all happened in Cape York, with characters and situations unique to their very special part of the world. The students then began planning how to illustrate their story.

Both challenged by the particular needs of students in remote areas, and impressed by their abilities, Andrew and Meredith are grateful to Metro Mining for providing the opportunity to work with them.

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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

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