From left: Rotary Club of Coffs Harbour City president George Cecato, Rotary Club of Coffs Harbour South president Peter Farquhar and Rotary Club of Sawtell president Terry Smith, with Cara-lee Davies and baby Imarni and Heidi Harpur with baby Hazel.
From left: Rotary Club of Coffs Harbour City president George Cecato, Rotary Club of Coffs Harbour South president Peter Farquhar and Rotary Club of Sawtell president Terry Smith, with Cara-lee Davies and baby Imarni and Heidi Harpur with baby Hazel. ROB WRIGHT

Rotary helps mums read to kids

ROTARY has handed new mothers at the Coffs Harbour Health Campus a special treat.

The mums now have copies of Australian author Mem Fox’s Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes to mark Rotary’s 106th birthday this week.

Three local Rotary presidents met at the maternity ward to hand out the books and deliver the message that it’s never too early to start reading to your children.

Coffs Harbour Rotary Club’s Rob Anderson said reading to children at a young age greatly benefited them.

“Rotary wanted to do something to benefit the community and support literacy,” Mr Anderson said.

“The author, Mem Fox, wanted to support reading and made the program available to Rotary and the program is being run across the region, covering many districts.”

Mem Fox says she is thrilled to endorse the Books for Babies program.

“Reading and sharing the magical world of books brings great joy, laughter and peace to everyone involved,” Ms Fox said.

“And literacy follows, as night does day.”



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