Babies who are born in Orange Base Hospital on 23 February 2011 will be welcomed into the world with a very special gift, thanks to the Rotary Club of Orange Daybreak.
To celebrate Rotary International’s 105th birthday, Rotary Clubs from across Australia will present a commemorative book to all babies born on this special day.
The Rotary Club of Orange Daybreak President Jill Everett said it is a small gift, with a big meaning.
“This is a wonderful gesture to mark Rotary’s birthday, because it demonstrates our strong commitment to literacy and education,” said Ms Everett.
The selected book is written by one of Australia’s most successful and leading children’s authors Mem Fox, tilted ‘Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes’.
The Rotary Club of Orange Daybreak President will visit the Maternity Ward on Thursday 24 February to present the books to the newborn babies and their families.
Maternity Nurse Unit Manager Deanne Spina said Rotary is leading by example in showing such a keen interest in the future of Orange’s newest children.
“Literacy is so important for children, and it’s never too early to start sharing books with babies and reading to them,” said Ms Spina.
Author Mem Fox is also an enthusiastic supporter of this special Rotary initiative.
''I am thrilled to endorse the excellent work of Rotary and in particular their 'Read-to-your-Baby' birthday program,” said Ms Fox.
“Reading and sharing the magical world of books brings great joy, laughter and peace to everyone. Well done Rotary for knowing what's important in the lives of children.”
Rotary is the world's leading global network of community volunteers, with members drawn from business, various professions, and the community.
Rotary supports and runs a multitude of national and international programs, covering Health, the Environment, Literacy, Humanitarian Aid, Community Work and especially Youth Projects and Student Exchanges.
If you would like to learn more or help to make a difference contact Rotary Club of Orange Daybreak, President Jill Everett on 6369 1510.