Support us Appeals Read Bears Donate Fundraise Help provide Read Bears to Year 1 students throughout Queensland, and foster a life-long love of reading! This much-loved (and very cute) project has proven effective in increasing children’s reading skills, language skills, self-confidence and well-being. Each child in the program (aged 6 to 7) receives a hand-made, donated Read Bear, with a nametag to personalise. The bears are brought home and the children are encouraged to read to their new ‘friend’ every weeknight. The bears provide children with motivation to read and the opportunity for self-directed learning. The initiative also aims to encourage parents and siblings to be involved in the reading process alongside the child at home. Your donation will help cover the costs of delivering the bears to schools in the Fraser Coast region, and to expand the program throughout Queensland.