Joan’s book for kids gets grant

Central and North Burnett Times - - LIFE - Jack Lawrie jack.lawrie@cnbtimes.com.au

WITH her first chil­dren’s book, Joshua and Stranger Dan­ger, well on the way, fund­ing for Joan Der­rick’s De­vel­op­ment of the Spir­i­tual Her­itage for Chil­dren se­ries came at a good time.

Mrs Der­rick was one of a num­ber of ap­pli­cants suc­cess­ful in the first round of Re­gional Arts De­vel­op­ment Fund grants as part of a part­ner­ship be­tween North Bur­nett Re­gional Coun­cil and Arts Queens­land.

“My mis­sion in de­liv­er­ing this project is, along with par­ents, teach­ers and car­ers, to em­power chil­dren to live to their high­est po­ten­tial,” she said.

“I’ve de­cided to ded­i­cate the profit to the em­pow­er­ment of chil­dren.”

Mrs Der­rick wants to work with schools, P&C groups and other child sup­port groups to pro­mote the book for the de­vel­op­ment of young chil­dren.

Mean­while, the grant money will go to­wards con­ti­nu­ity, al­low­ing her to reuse her il­lus­tra­tor for the next book.

Monto coun­cil­lor Paul Lobegeier said the RADF grants al­lowed re­gional artists to pur­sue their ideas.

“The old cry was if you live too far from the city, you wouldn’t get the chance to be­come an artist,” Cr Lobegeier said.

PHOTO: JACK LAWRIE

FOR CHIL­DREN: Joan Der­rick re­ceived an RADF grant for her book se­ries.

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