YIL Raises $6K at Annual Yukon Geoscience Forum
Whitehorse, Yukon – The Yukon Imagination Library raised over $6,000 to support family literacy in the territory through a silent auction at the Yukon Chamber of Mines Annual Yukon Geoscience Forum banquet on Monday.
This territory-wide family literacy initiative, championed by the Rendezvous Rotary Club of Whitehorse in partnership with the Yukon Literacy Coalition, provides one free book per month to all enrolled Yukon children from their birth to the age of five.
“We are extremely grateful to the Yukon Chamber of Mines and to the entire mineral industry for their generous support of family literacy in the territory,” said Yukon Imagination Library advocate and Rendezvous Rotary Club member Claire Derome. “These funds, which are matched by the Yukon Government, will directly support the purchase of over 2,400 books for our territory’s children this year.”
The volunteer-driven Yukon Imagination Library was launched in the fall of 2007 in all communities outside Whitehorse. In 2009, the program grew to include Whitehorse children and as of this month, now provides free books to over 1,200 children throughout the territory (59 per cent of all Yukon children).
Late last year, the Yukon Government committed to match all funds raised by the Yukon Imagination Library up to $50,000 per year for the next five years.
“We greatly appreciate the support Yukon Government provides to our fundraising efforts and also thank all the businesses, individuals and community partners who help the Yukon Imagination Library thrive,” continued Derome.
For more information and to register in this free program, please visit Yukon Imagination Library on Facebook and http://www.yukonliteracy.ca/imagination-library.html
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