Books4Outback charity helps fire-affected Wytaliba, Red Range kids

READING: Neil Griffith of Books4Outback visited Glen Innes Monday to deliver over 100 books for the Wytaliba and Red Range schools. Picture: Andrew Messenger.
READING: Neil Griffith of Books4Outback visited Glen Innes Monday to deliver over 100 books for the Wytaliba and Red Range schools. Picture: Andrew Messenger.

A Newcastle charity this week delivered over one hundred books for children at the Wytaliba and Red Range schools.

Neil Griffith, himself a former high school teacher in the Newcastle area, drove up the three boxes of books as a volunteer for the charity Books4Outback.

He said the best part about the job was watching the look on the faces of kids who have rekindled their love of reading.

"Within five minutes they'll all be scattered around reading," he said.

"They've still got that love of books.

"They say books are dying, but not the love of books."

The charity has issued over 200 schools about 80,000 books since it started four years ago.

Mr Griffith continued on down the range, delivering books at schools in Ebor, Chandler, Hernani, Dundurrabin and Medlow, but missed Nymboida due to a blocked road. The charity also helped schools near Drake and Tabulam after bushfires earlier this year.

The books will be handed to the children to take and read at home, with some new books to go to school libraries.

He said the Wytaliba kids "look sadder" than some of the students at other schools he's attended.

"It's going to take them a long time if ever some of them to get over it.

"They probably won't ever - they'll always remember it."

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