THIS MONTH WE LAUNCH THE JANE AUSTEN LITERACY FOUNDATION LITERACY LIBRARIES PROGRAM with a fundraising appeal to raise £10,000 to buy a new e-library and e-readers for Suhum MA Experimental C School located in the eastern region of Ghana, in partnership with Worldreader. For more information click here.
There will be various fundraising activities throughout the summer and I encourage you to join in, and perhaps do your own fundraiser, to help us reach our target and ensure the children in this school continue to learn and excel in literacy. How wonderful it is that the Jane Austen community can come together to make a real difference to the lives of these children and this community.
At 10am on 17th June 2018, I will be kicking off a summer of fundraising with a sponsored Jane Austen Walk for Literacy retracing Jane Austen's footsteps from Chawton Cottage to the Swan Hotel in Alton where Jane would collect post before walking home again. Click HERE if you would like to sponsor me for the walk.
I will be joined by Jane Austen Literacy Foundation Ambassadors, Janeites and book lovers and 100% of the funds raised will be spent on e-readers and a new e-library for the Suhum MA Experimental C School in Ghana.
Jane Austen Literacy Foundation Ambassador Sophie Andrews, aka Laughing with Lizzie, is doing the sponsored walk - about the same distance as Lizzie walked to Netherfield. Here's a word from Sophie and why she is doing the walk.
Caroline Jane Knight - Jane Austen Literacy Foundation founder and chair
"At 10am on the 17th June, I am going to participate in the Jane Austen Walk for Literacy with Caroline and lots of other Janeites.
I plan to dress in Regency attire for the walk, as I am doing it to raise money for the Jane Austen Literacy Foundation Literacy Libraries Program, managed in partnership with Worldreader, to fund a new e-library and e-readers for Suhum MA Experimental C school located in the eastern region of Ghana. If you'd like to join us on the Jane Austen Walk for Literacy, please contact us HERE for details and assistance is setting up your fundraising page.
“The distance is nothing when one has a motive; only three miles. I shall be back by dinner.”
The walk from Jane's cottage to The Swan hotel and back is about 3 miles, so funnily enough, the distance from Longbourn to Netherfield - hopefully I won’t need to stop off half way, to care for someone with a cold!
“Elizabeth continued her walk alone, crossing field after field at a quick pace, jumping over styles and springing over puddles with impatient activity, and finding herself at last within view of the”
“with weary ankles, dirty stockings and a face glowing with the warmth of exercise.”
I am taking on this challenge on my own to raise money for the e-library and to raise awareness for Fibromyalgia Action UK (http://www.fmauk.org). Fibromyalgia is a debilitating health condition and one that I have suffered from since the age of 17.
“That she should have walked three miles so early in the day ... was almost incredible.”
I used to be able to walk such distances very easily, but when I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia nearly 5 years ago, my stamina, fitness and life changed dramatically. Jane Austen’s novels and letters were there to help and support me and saw me through the toughest times, while I was coming to terms with my new circumstances.
“She really looked almost wild ... her hair so untidy, so blowsy ... and her petticoat, six inches deep in mud, I am absolutely certain.”
This walk is going to be a challenge for me, but I have begun some training and have already received great encouragement from Caroline and everyone at the Jane Austen Literacy Foundation. I am really looking forward to being able to raise money for such a good cause. I am sure my own muddy and dishevelled appearance will be most ‘shocking’ when I have completed the walk, however perhaps my eyes, at least, will be “brightened by the exercise”!
If you feel you could support my efforts by donating to the cause, please CLICK HERE Any donation will be very much appreciated. 100% of donations received will go towards the £10,000 needed to fund an e-readers and a new e-library for Suhum MA Experimental C school in Ghana
You can find our more about Sophie at Laughing with Lizzie