New Year: New Beginnings – Fundraising in East London

Did you make a New Year’s resolution this year? Maybe you decided to get more healthy and active? Or to contribute something to your wider community? Or just to meet new people? Whichever it is, the National Literacy Trust has a solution to make your resolution come true! On March 24th we will be hosting the first ever Where’s Wally Fun Run in Victoria Park,London. It will be the first time a run has been organised exclusively to promote an educational charity in theUK, and will help us give new beginnings to thousands of children like Mia who are struggling with illiteracy. Eight-year-old Mia lives in one of the poorest parts ofLondon. Most of the adults she knows don’t have a job. Her parents can’t read or write so no-one has ever read her a bedtime story. She has never had a book of her own. Mia doesn’t like going to school. She struggles to read and write and understand the lessons. Her four older brothers have all left school unable to read and write, making it impossible for them to get any job. Unfortunately her brother Jamie has recently been in prison. Last year, Mia was given a new beginning.  By taking part in a National Literacy Trust programme, she has become the first reader in her family. She’s spent a term at Hogwarts, made friends with the Gruffalo and been to a chocolate factory. For the first time, she has chosen books of her own to keep. She is now the proud owner of a library card and her teachers say she is doing much better at school. Now Mia has the chance to escape a life of poverty. This year the National Literacy Trust is working with 38,000 children like Mia. Every year 240,000 children are born into poverty. Make your New Year’s resolution count, and join us and Wally in Victoria Park to help us continue to give children new beginnings.