The power of a good read
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.”
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.