Qu: when did you start the WLF and why?
In early 2000, l visited Ethiopia, Africa and was struck by the numbers of classrooms void of a single book. This started a journey of exploring another regions to learn many children in rural and remote communities were missing out to discover the joy of reading in those early years.
Qu: how many children do you think you’ve helped over the years?
Over the last 14 years, we estimated 2.2 million children have received a book or literacy service from the WLF
Qu: how many projects has the WLF set up over the years?
We have 6 central/core projects as listed on the website.
Qu: how do you know if your projects have been successful?
They key aspects of success is improved literacy skills. We seek behavioural and attitudinal changes of children towards reading a book. We measure time and numbers of books children read due to our provision of resources.
Qu: tell us about some of the projects the WLF has supported?
They key projects for me are;
Qu: what’s been your proudest moment?
Receiving the citizen of the year in Australia due to my service to the community. Becoming a grand parent last year was also very special.
Qu: when you’re not working on WLF what do you like to do in your spare time?
I am a keen surfer and the always looking for the un-surfed wave in a remote location
I always carry a good book with me
Qu: which book has made the most lasting impression on you?
Howard Schultz book, Pour your heart into it. It illustrates the principles that have shaped the Starbucks and using your life to make a difference
Qu: what was the last book you read?
A crime thriller, Manhunters: How We Took Down Pablo Escobar by Steve Murphy
Qu: what advice would you give to the members of our writing club?Read, Read Read, The common theme of people of social impact who are making are difference in the world, are they all Read regularly.