Officeworks and its customers have raised more than $650,000 for the Australian Literacy and Numeracy Foundation (ALNF) through the Literacy is Freedom Appeal, helping support more than 2,500 children.

This year’s appeal marks 11 years of partnership between ALNF and Officeworks, with more than 30,000 students supported and over $4 million raised to date to help bridge the literacy gap for children in vulnerable communities.

Officeworks stores across Australia supported the appeal throughout September. In addition to donations from customers, Officeworks also pledged 20 cents from every Studymate product sold during September to the appeal.

All funds raised by the annual Literacy is Freedom Appeal go to support key ALNF literacy and language programs including the Literacy Pack, Share-A-Book, and Early Language and Literacy programs.

Officeworks managing director, Sarah Hunter said, “At Officeworks, we believe that all children deserve equitable access to education and education resources, and we’re proud of the positive impact our long-standing partnership with the ALNF makes in supporting Australian children to gain access to vital literacy programs and the tools they need to learn. 

“It’s the passion of our team and customers that brings this appeal to life every year, and thanks to their generosity and enthusiasm, ALNF will be able to give more than 2,500 students greater access to education and support to help them make bigger things happen.”

ALNF co-founder and executive director Kim Kelly added, “We are truly inspired by the generosity, support, and commitment of our friends at Officeworks once again this year. To every staff member, every customer and everyone in the Officeworks family who has stood with us through the Literacy is Freedom appeal – we say a huge thank you.”

Image: Officeworks North Ryde in Sydney raised more than $16,000 for the Appeal.