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Footnotes Vol. 6
Welcome to our first newsletter for 2015 and Happy New Year!

I hope you had a great Australia Day too. Mine was spent as an Australia Day Ambassador for the Upper Hunter Shire, attending citizenship ceremonies and making the Australia Day speeches at Scone and Aberdeen. The communities were warm and welcoming and I was very happy to congratulate new Australian citizens from South Africa, New Zealand, Vietnam, Somalia, England and the USA - what a lovely part of NSW they have chosen to settle in.
 
The Footpath Library is off to a great start in 2015 with two new directors on our Board. We are very excited to have Caroline Trotman and James Price join us in these voluntary roles and know they will bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to our Park Bench.
 
I would like to take this opportunity to thank our volunteers and supporters for their ongoing support. Times are very tough for homeless people right now, with the closure of many accommodation services in NSW and difficult times in WA with the downturn in the mining industry. Without donations of time and money, The Footpath Library could not operate. I am proud to say our organisation is one of the few NFP's that operate almost entirely with volunteers, from our Board to our book packers.
 
We rely on the community’s support to be able to continue to provide our services. If you would like help please become a monthly donorEven $5  a month would help us purchase dictionaries or buy tea and coffee for our mobile service.
 
Stay safe and well,
 
Sarah Garnett, Founder and Managing Director
 
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The unexpected homeless
Picture by David Knox - http://davidknx.com/
Older women in Australia are increasingly at risk of becoming homeless. Lack of superannuation savings, unaffordable housing, divorce and domestic violence all play key roles in this sad trend. The Mercy Foundation commissioned a research report from the University of Queensland to investigate this issue and look at possible solutions to the problem.
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Entries now open for the first ever EPIC! Short Story Competition
Picture by Terry Whidborne
In January we launched the first ever EPIC! Short Story Competition for Primary and Secondary school students across Australia. Addressing the theme Home is… students are invited to submit a short story on what home means to them. In line with our values, we hope to encourage children to think about the importance of a home in one’s life. And, as always, we wish to celebrate children’s literacy.
 
Children’s book illustrator Terry Whidborne created this amazing poster to promote the competition and it is appearing around schools, in bookstores and libraries across the country. (Go to our website for your free download!)
LEARN MORE & ENTER
We really ‘like’ our social media volunteer
Liz joined The Footpath Library almost a year ago and has helped transformed our social media presence with her digital marketing skills. She took some time out to explain how Facebook can help shine a light on homelessness in Australia.
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Coffee drinkers doing their part
CafeSmart, an initiative of StreetSmart, brings together coffee roasters, cafés and coffee drinkers around the country to help people who are homeless.  In August 2014, participating cafés generously donated a dollar per coffee sold to fund local projects. Our recently opened Perth Branch was a proud recipient of $1,000, which has gone towards setting up local services.
A big thank you to Allen & Unwin Books
Late last year, we were absolutely delighted to receive a call from Allen & Unwin Books, Australia's leading independent publisher and our first ever publisher sponsors. However, we were knocked off our chairs when they told us they were generously donating $5,000 to help us continue our work. What a wonderful gift – thank you.
 
We would also like to thank Gresham Finance who donated $5,000 in January following a grant application submitted by one of their staff (and a TFL volunteer), Steve O'Shaughnessy. Thanks!
We’re on the lookout for a new Sydney Branch Manager
Photo by fluffbreat
We are looking for someone to join our volunteer team as the Sydney Branch Manager. This role gives you an opportunity to make a real difference to the lives of hundreds of homeless people by supporting and empowering our team of volunteer managers to bring books to the streets of Sydney. Your contribution will ensure that our projects have the resources and leadership they need to make a real difference to the homeless community.
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Welcoming Caroline Trotman and James Price to The Park Bench
Photo by Meghan http://www.yardsalebloodbath.com/author/meghan/
We are proud to welcome two new directors to our Board, The Park Bench. Joining us are Caroline Trotman, a technology entrepreneur, marketer and fundraiser, and former Deputy Vice Chancellor  with a passion for education and literacy and James Price, a seasoned commercial leader with a strong background in science, marketing, business development and strategy. We are looking forward to the valuable contribution they will make to The Footpath Library.
MEET THE PARK BENCH
How storage can impact the number of homeless people reading
Photography by sarilonka -  http://craftegem.blogspot.com
Kennards Self Storage has been supporting The Footpath Library for years. They generously provide space in their storage centres for us to accumulate, store, sort and distribute our books in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. We sat down with Managing Director, Sam Kennard to learn about how the Kennards has taken The Footpath Library out of the Founder’s garage to where it is today.
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Homeless by Michael Bell
Image by sky_fish
This edition we wanted to share a touching poem by a little known poet, Michael Bell.
 
The rain was pouring, thunder in the distance
Her tattered coat offered no resistance
I saw her walking, soaking wet
Filled with anger and regret
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The floating library
Photography by sarilonka -  http://craftegem.blogspot.com
What do you visualise of when you think of a library? Maybe your local library, a building you regularly go to in your community. It’s probably not a 85 foot boat! In Norway however, this is the local library for many remote villages.
 
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