Across Australia, PTTR communities celebrated Children’s Week including hatchings of new mascots in Armadale, Gosnells, Rockingham (WA), Gin Gin, Childers and Bundaberg (Qld), birthday parties for mascots (Shoalhaven NSW) and the honouring of Vivi Martin in NSW as Summer Hill’s Granny of the Year, especially for her work with heading up Paint Marrickville REaD. http://www.localnewsplus.com.au/article.php?st_story_ID=141222&ratio=Landscape
A great article in the West Australian about Paint the Town REaD.
Paint the Town REAd’s Reading Bug has had a busy time in Moree. She brought a magical mascot egg to the children in Moree East’s Playgroup, delivered the first book for the Books for Newborn Bubs in Moree Hospital and received a very generous cheque from the Commonwealth Bank to keep reading with children from birth in Moree.
Read more about it at https://goo.gl/SjcX7V
Paint the Town REaD is delighted to announce that Lady Cosgrove has become its Patron.
Lady Cosgrove, wife of His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd), invited Rhonda Brain OAM, Chair of the PTTR Board, and Barbie Bates, its Executive Director, to afternoon tea at Government House in Canberra, to celebrate the new partnership.
‘We were thrilled to meet Lady Cosgrove, and to learn that she has such a strong commitment to giving Australia’s children the best start in life,’ said Rhonda Brain after the meeting.
‘We talked about the importance of reading, talking, singing with our babies from birth, and shared photos of the little ones in our lives. We’re looking forward to seeing more photos of Grandma and Grandpa Cosgrove reading with their grandson.’
With the spread of PTTR across five States, and Lady Cosgrove’s commitment to family and children, PTTR considers her an ideal national Patron.
Congratulations to Paint Canterbury REaD in Sydney on the safe arrival of their reading egg.
We’re looking forward to finding out the mascot’s name in the New Year, once the children of Canterbury have done their job of reading and singing with the egg to make it grow!
On Australia Day 2012, Life Matters on ABC Australia’s Radio National covered the National Year of Reading.
Himali Wettasinghe, from Auburn Paint the Town REaD, fielded questions from Natasha Mitchell.
To hear Himali, go to the Life Matters website, start at 36:40 in the audio’s timeline and listen through to 45:05.
Himali is the Family Services Manager at Auburn Diversity Services.