The power of a good read

Central Leader - - News - By Lisa Sloan

Tele­vi­sion per­son­al­ity Greer Rob­son reads at least one story to her two young daugh­ters ev­ery day.

So she felt right at home host­ing sto­ry­time for chil­dren at Eden­dale Pri­mary School re­cently.

Ms Rob­son was pre­sent­ing chil­dren with new books as part of the Mer­cury En­ergy Bills to Books pro­gramme.

Through the pro­gramme, cus­tomers opt to re­ceive their power bill on­line in­stead of in the mail, in re­turn for books be­ing do­nated to their lo­cal school. Ms Rob­son de­liv­ered 50 new books for the school li­brary and marked in­ter­na­tional lit­er­acy week, which ran from Septem­ber 8 to 13.

She says it was great fun to read to the chil­dren at Eden­dale.

“It was so gor­geous to see all their lit­tle faces and how much they love read­ing,” she says.

“It helps with their imagination, vo­cab­u­lary and in­spi­ra­tion in life and it’s a won­der­ful thing to be in­volved with.”

The Mer­cury En­ergy Bills to Books pro­gramme has been run­ning since June and will end on Septem­ber 30. More than 6500 cus­tomers have opted to stop re- ceiv­ing their pa­per bill so far, en­abling 1028 schools na­tion­wide to re­ceive new books.

Mer­cury En­ergy re­tail op­er­a­tions man­ager Richard De Luca says switch­ing to on­line billing is a great move for the com­mu­nity and the en­vi­ron­ment.

“Bills to Books will re­move more than 80,000 pa­per copies of the bill from cir­cu­la­tion each year, so cus­tomers can feel proud they are mak­ing a dif­fer­ence.”

“The feed­back from schools and the com­mu­nity has been fan­tas­tic and I’ve had many grate­ful let­ters.”

Photo: JA­SON OX­EN­HAM

Keen read­ers: Eden­dale school pupils Eli­jah Bergh, Ab­dul­lah Begum and Elena Boikov read with Greer Rob­son. The tele­vi­sion per­son­al­ity de­liv­ered books to the school for the Mer­cury En­ergy Bills to Books pro­gramme.

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