In July this year, the decision was made to lock down the Melbourne Towers, a series of nine public housing towers across North Melbourne, Flemington and Kensington, in the hopes of containing the spread of COVID-19. This was a huge challenge for the tower residents, with little-to-no notice given of the lockdown, limited translation services, a strong Police presence on site at each tower, and disruptions to food and other deliveries.
The team at The Phillips Foundation wanted to help, however they could, as there are many families with children of all ages, who were heavily impacted by this move.
During this challenging time, The Phillips Foundation and Dymocks Children’s Charities teamed up to deliver hundreds of free, brand-new books to children who were locked down in the Melbourne towers. It is hoped that these books were able to provide a welcome distraction, assist parents with homeschooling efforts, and give these children another opportunity to read, learn and use their imaginations.
Dymocks Children’s Charities is focused on promoting a love of reading and improving literacy for all Australian children, and was delighted to partner with The Phillips Foundation on this project – one of many projects the two organisations have conducted together, including providing books to families impacted by the 2019-2020 bushfires.