The Child Writes Fund

Empowering children to navigate their future through story

We’ve done it! The Child Writes Fund is now established, has the ability to offer a tax deduction for donations, is a registered charity, AND has a fabulous and dynamic Board of Directors.


The Child Writes Fund is supported by the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR). Tax deductible donations can be made to FRRR towards the Child Writes Fund, and The Child Writes Fund has been established as a charity whose purpose is to advance culture and to advance education by providing:


  1. Literary enrichment programs, recording the stories and drawings of children.

  2. Develop an inherent self-recognition and imperative of the lifelong value of reading.

  3. Support for International Read to Me! Day March 19, encouraging children to be part of the conversation about their literacy future.

  4. A platform whereby children can themselves support other children in crisis, in the form of workshops for children to create their own stories and share them.

  5. Support to children creating safer communities by giving them a voice to the broader community.


Children writing for children, supporting children…

For the last fifteen years, Boogie Books has supported the Child Writes program, having been driven by two very strong beliefs…

  1. Children deserve to be heard, and we provide a megaphone for their voices in the form of a publishing platform

  2. It takes a strong village to raise a child, and a child to strengthen a village.


The income for the Fund is derived from three sources:

  1. Boogie Books – all profits are (and will continue to be) directed to Child Writes and particularly The Child Writes Fund.

  2. Specific localised and targeted fundraising promoting the DGR status from the FRRR>

  3. Applications for funds from other Foundations or grants.

It will be used to fund our major Fund objectives.

  1. To provide financial sponsorship for disadvantaged children and / or teachers in areas supporting disadvantaged children, who may otherwise not have the opportunity to be empowered by the Child Writes program.

  2. To support International Read to ME! Day 

  3. To distribute the Child Writes Library (370 plus titles) as a dedicated APP to wherever children are in crisis or need. This could include places such as oncology and hospital wards, Ronald McDonald House, doctor’s surgeries, Relationships Australia, in donation boxes at Christmas time via The Smith Family or St Vincent de Paul, and in all Pyjama Foundation libraries giving access to children in foster care.

  4. To create opportunities for children post book-launch for them to continue sharing their voices. (eg: Jetstar Inflight Entertainment / Amazon eBooks)

Tax deductible donations can be made to FRRR towards the Child Writes Fund
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​The Reward


There is far more to this dream than simply donating books to entertain children. What do we really want to give these children something above the experience sickness, disadvantage, pain and despair. By sharing these books and / or the program, we bring them one of the most important things that any child can have. Empowerment.

Empowerment exists in the hope that impossible dreams can come true. It comes in the belief that they can accomplish things they have never even dreamed of before… that they can rise above their circumstances. Empowerment brings the joy and understanding that there is good in their world. Each book opens the door to a land of adventure, and laughter, which helps them to see beyond their crisis, to the expectation that there is something better in store. Sometimes all a child needs is a respite from the crisis or lack, to allow hope to rise.


Hope that is allowed to flourish, becomes empowerment. And that is what Child Writes and the Child Writes Fund is all about. Empowering children to overcome, achieve and enjoy. Empowerment that will change lives now and into the future. Could there be a better reward?

Empowerment is not just for the children who are in crisis. The child authors and illustrators are also unquestionably impacted by the knowledge that they are making a difference in the lives of hurting children. The Child Writes Fund will provide an even more focused purpose for these children. To think that their lives can positively affect another’s is an incredible source of empowerment, which causes children to look beyond themselves, to the needs of others. It really is a win/win!

The tattered and missing titles in existing Child Writes libraries gifted to hospitals, are evidence that these books are well loved and eagerly desired. They really are making a difference.​

We have long shared this vision through, and we have challenged people to consider:


  • Support the Child Writes program financially, by making purchases from our store.

  • Enrol your child in the Child Writes program. The program fees help us to empower children in crisis, as well as empowering your own child.

  • Help us to get the word out there, by telling people about Child Writes or posting to your social networks.

  • Organise an Imagine it workshop or Child Writes program at your school.

  • You may even want to become a tutor of the program, or know someone else who would.

In addition, Child Writes is seeking partner businesses and organisations who can donate time, money or know-how towards the following objectives:

  • The acquisition of printing equipment to enable more economical printing of the Child Writes books, or a printing partner who supports the Child Writes Fund vision.

  • An assistant to administer the Fund and co-ordinate requests.

  • Cross-promotional opportunities to get the word out about the foundation and further distribute the Boogie Books / Child Writes products which will financially support it.

We are driven by the thought of Children writing for Children supporting Children, and we hope you are too.

The Supporters

A big thank you goes to the following supporters, who have helped us in the past to empower children:


  • Ashley Smith Orthodontics & Preston Peak Winery for supporting financially disadvantaged
    students into the program by part payment of the printing and material costs for the authors 
    costs for the authors participating in the school based program at Middle Ridge from 2006-2012.

  • Clifford Gouldson Lawyers for donating a number of sets of books to the Royal Brisbane Childen's Hospital in 2012.

  • The Toowoomba Hospital Foundation for their encouragement, their support and for being the community representatives at all the book launches to date.

  • Ronald McDonald House, melbourne for their encouragement and ensuring representation at the Melbourne Book launch in 2014

  • Boogie Books was also able to financially support the full program costs of five students into the Eidsvold Child Writes program during 2011 as well as donating all the tutoring / graphic design / editing required for the last ten years. This is approximately 400 – 450 hours per year (includes 250 hours directly dealing with the children and then administration around the books, including Amazon, website etc)


We have two founding patrons of the Child Writes Fund – Mrs Jill Temple and Mrs Jan Watkins. This is in recognition of their fundamental role in guiding, cajoling and encouraging the development of Child Writes and the Child Writes Program to what it is today. They have been indefatiguable! 

Corporate Sponsors

It is with an immense amount of pleasure we share STUCK ON YOU LABELS are to be our first official corporate sponsor. For the last two years, SOY has printed the books for our Child Writes graduates (62 titles in total) for children in Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland, at cost. This means the children can generate a modest income from selling their books, unless they are as proactive as one child, who at 12 sold hundreds of copies of her book and is using the funds to go to Japan on an exchange when she finally gets to Year 9!  Stuck on You have also offered to gift every participant of the Child Writes program with a $20 gift certificate for labels.  

The Child Writes Fund Board of Directors


Samantha Macansh

Sam is currently the CFO for the Coles Group, having been the Chief Financial Officer of PrimeAg Australia Ltd, Company Secretary as well as Public Officer.

She was associated with General Pants Group and the Coles Myer Liquor Group. She has a Graduate Diploma of Applied Corporate Governance in 2010 and a Master of Business from Monash University in 2002.


Richard Hoult

Partner and Principal of the accounting firm: Moore Stephens, has two children and an uncanny ability to present solutions before problems are raised. He is responsible for ensuring the compliance and governance of the Foundation are supported.


Dr Tarn McLean

Tarn was awarded a Doctor of Philosophy, USQ in 2016, having already completed BVAR (Distinction), BCAR (Hons1st). Tarn is also the founder and designer Ocre Design and lives in Toowoomba with her husband and two children.


Belinda Sanders

Presenter ABC Southern QLD Radio. Belinda is very community orientated and is a member of the Gold Park Sporting Club Committee and the Southern Queensland Crimestoppers committee. If there's any time left over Belinda spends time with her husband and children.


Natasha Raine

Tash is a passionate literacy advocate who actively engages in the reading strategies and recommendations with all of her five children. Tash is also actively involved in both fundraising and representative committee’s in her children’s schools. She studied Occupational Therapy at Cummberland College.


Marie Muldoon

Marie started her working career in hospitality before opening her Singapore-based event management business. After 6 years in South East Asia, Marie returned to Australia and worked for Paspaley Pearls in Darwin.. She married Chris in 2005 and moved to their property in the Douglas Daly region of the Northern Territory.  They now live near Deniliquin in the Southern Riverina region of New South Wales, with their three children, where they grow wheat and canola, run cattle and sheep, and operate their bulk haulage business and still find time to read heaps of books! 


Role and responsibilities of the Board:

  • To act with reasonable care and diligence.

  • To act in good faith in the best interests of the charity and for a proper purpose.

  • To ensure that financial affairs are managed responsibly.

  • To not allow the charity to operate while insolvent.

Your ability to share your wisdom through the prism of your own experiences as sounding boards, as guidance, and as passionate literacy advocates, believing fundamentally that it does indeed take a village to raise a child is the reason you have invited to consider joining the Child Writes Fund Board. 


With the acceptance of the invitation, Board Members will receive a letter of appointment, a draft of the constitution, and regular updates as to the progress towards finalisation and formalisation of the company structure and the establishment of the Fund.

The Child Writes Fund will:

  1. Provide financial sponsorship for disadvantaged children and / or teachers in areas supporting disadvantaged children, who may otherwise not have the opportunity to be empowered by the Child Writes program.

  2. Support International Read to ME! Day

  3. Distribute the Child Writes Library (370 plus titles) as mini-libraries to locations wherever children are in crisis or need. This could include places such as oncology and hospital wards, Ronald McDonald House, doctor’s surgeries, Relationships Australia, in donation boxes at Christmas time via The Smith Family or St Vincent de Paul, and in all Pyjama Foundation libraries, accessible to children in foster care.

  4. Create opportunities for children post book-launch for them to continue sharing their voices in traditional (bricks and mortar stores) and nontraditional distribution channels (eg: Jetstar Inflight Entertainment / Amazon eBooks / Stuck on You.)

Want in on the action? Make a donation today! Your donor dollars matter… 

For fifteen years, we have been able to work with over 370 children – and this has been funded on a piecemeal basis; from within the school; business donors; Boogie Books profits being utilised to run the program. It has worked! Each of these children have created their own title, their own children’s picture book and it gives them the megaphone we believe they deserve. It’s just that because we know the program works – we want every child in Australia to have the opportunity to engage with the program, maybe not in its entirety, but the following are our goals:

  • Child Writes is offered where-ever children are in crisis. This may mean their local community is overwhelmed (like Eidsvold, which, when we took the program there, had the unenviable tag of being the location for one of the highest suicide rates amongst its young adult males in the country or Silverton Primary, where the school’s driving ethos is ‘a postcode shall not define your future’ as it is located in one of the lowest socio-economic postcodes in the country)

  • Child Writes promotes reading. Every child has the right to food, shelter, education and love – and we want to add to this list – the right to be read to!

  • Child Writes contributes to the reading library where-ever children are in crisis. We want the Child Writes titles to be available to children in oncology wards, in foster care, in children’s wards all around the country. We know children treat authors with a great deal of reverence and we believe in empowering children with the adage ‘if they can, I can too!’.

  • The Child Writes Fund is supporting International Read to Me Day, March 19th, empowering children to demand to be read to. It is a social awareness campaign, reiterating the importance of reading to our children, and our children sharing this skill with their peers. It takes a village to raise a child and it takes a child to inspire a village. Listening to that one voice, asking to be read to, can shift our priorities.

We can do this. Together. This is why your donor dollar makes a difference. 


Tax deductible donations can be made to FRRR towards the Child Writes Fund