Collecting, packing and shipping books to
Papua New Guinea for children aged 0-14 years.
Faced with rising sea levels, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and tsunamis, residents of the remote Duke of York (DOY) Islands near Kokopo in PNG have more than enough to contend with.
But pupils at local schools such as Milmila Primary School in the DOY Islands also have no books, nothing to read and nothing to help the teachers teach them the basics of reading and writing.
So these and other books distributed by Dame Sandra Lau to East New Britain Schools after Books 4 PNG Kids donated and shipped them to Kokopo last year are making all the difference to each pupil’s future.
Dame Sandra, managing director of Tropicana Ltd, a wholesale business and department store in Kokopo, and her staff distributed books donated by Books 4 PNG Kids to 56 schools last year.
She is continuing to give books to remote and island schools in need such Milmila Primary and others around Kokopo, such as Sacred Heart International Catholic School, this year.
“We are also sending some biros and stationery to the teachers and office of principals and staff,” Dame Sandra says.
Dame Sandra recently visited Books 4 PNG Kids’ factory in Brisbane and told CEO and founder Heather Doonan that she was “very impressed to see your commitment, love and care to all Papua New Guineans”.
“Your packing, selection and organising with all the volunteers impressed me dearly! May God bless you all.”
Duke of York Island is the largest of 13 islands in the DOY group in St George’s Channel between PNG’s major northern islands of New Britain and New Ireland.
It’s a 30 minute dinghy ride from Kokopo, but seas can often be rough, with shipping cancelled as a result.
The area is also prone to earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and tsunamis. Rising sea levels have seen many people relocate from DOY Island to New Britain and New Ireland since 2000.
This week (Friday, February 23) we also celebrated the birthday of one of our most dedicated volunteers, Marina, who packs books almost every Friday to send to schools in PNG.
We hear she has more celebrations planned for the weekend, so thank you and Happy Birthday, Marina!
Volunteers are always welcome to join us on Fridays in Brisbane, packing and sorting books - any time you can give is appreciated as we couldn't do it without you! Just wear closed-in shoes. Lunch is provided.
Join us on Fridays, 8.30am-3.30pm, at
39 Flanders St, Salisbury QLD
Currently accepting book donations suitable for preschool and primary school children, both fiction and nonfiction up to a reading age of 12, including picture books, beginner readers, textbooks, up-to-date atlases, dictionaries, geographical magazines, Bibles, unused maths and English workbooks, and stationery. No teachers' resources, thank you.
Please see our drop-off locations below. We are no longer picking up books.
Email all requests for PNG schools to firstname.lastname@example.org
Heather Doonan (CEO):
0418 623 675
Our Impact (so far)
DELIVERING BOOKS TO KIDS IN PNG
ELEMENTARY AND PRIMARY SCHOOLS SUPPORTED
HUGE QUANTITIES OF TEACHING RESOURCES & LIBRARY SUPPORT
Drop Off Locations
39 Flanders Street,
Salisbury QLD 4107
Anytime - if no one is there please leave in disused doorway on far left-hand side of building
194 Heal Street,
New Farm QLD 4005
Anytime - if no one is home please leave under the stairs
5 Horizon Drive
Beenleigh QLD 4207
Monday - Friday: 7:30am-2pm
79 Centennial Way,
Forest Lake QLD 4078
Ray White Robina
Attn: Jon Paul
29/86 Robina Town Centre Dr,
07 5593 2188
Monday - Friday: 8.30am-5pm
391 Settlement Road,
Thomas Town 3074
Monday - Friday: 7.30am-3pm
Come to our factory at
39 Flanders St,
on Fridays (except public holidays) 8.30am-3.30pm and some Wednesdays
(phone Heather 0418 623 675
to check Wednesday dates and times beforehand).