Words Make The World Go Around is a new single from Josh Pyke, Justine Clarke and Deborah Cheetham, created to celebrate, promote and raise funds for the work of the Indigenous Literacy Foundation (ILF). Released on the 29 August, the song will be sung at the launch of Indigenous Literacy Day on Wednesday 7 September at the Sydney Opera House, and will be followed by the Great Book Swap, where businesses, schools and clubs swap their favourite books for a gold coin donation.
Justine Clarke, Josh Pyke and Deborah Cheetham are ambassadors for the ILF and the song Words Make The World Go Around was inspired by their work with the Foundation. The aim of the ILF is to address critically low literacy levels and help instil a love of reading in young children living in remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in Australia.
'We all wanted to create a song that was fun for everyone to sing and to encapsulate what the ILF is all about. The students from Gawura school were so inspiring and working alongside Deborah and Josh was such a treat for me." – Justine Clarke
'This was a really fun project to be part of. Working with Justine, Deb and the kids at the Gawura school was really rewarding…knowing it was all for a great cause made it that much sweeter." – Josh Pyke
The Indigenous Literacy Foundation is a not-for-profit charity that has gifted over 150,000 culturally appropriate books to more than 250 remote Indigenous communities and service organisations across Australia. Resources are an essential first step in building a culture of literacy in communities where there are simply few to no books in homes, no bookshops, and where less than 36% of the population can access a library.
In its six years as a Foundation, the ILF has published and funded over 44 community literacy projects, many of which have been published in first languages.
The song will be distributed by ABC Music and available as a digital only release: https://ABCMusic.lnk.to/wmtwgr
Video link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xOSKMaD86rI All proceeds to go to the Indigenous Literacy Foundation.