Digging the first hole of the ICPS library
The gorgeous girls from Isangel College, Tanna
Very excited about the donated education posters
Very excited about the donated Early Readers
My first dictionary! Yah!
Nothing beats having a story read to you.
Handing out Literacy Packs.

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We seek to partner with groups who believe in the schooling of children.
We will support local community projects, no matter how small, that are often over-looked by the larger organisations.
Literacy is the foundation that facilitates complete and thorough education throughout an individuals schooling journey.
Jump Start Foundation has developed a holistic, multi-pronged approach to help children in the Asia-Pacific region develop literacy skills and to gain the lifelong gift of education.
Heidi Dening and Bryan Holiday at the opening of the Jump Start Outdoor Training new fitness facility in Cammeray.

20 October 2011 
Running up Literacy Level in Vanuatu
Mosman Daily

CAMMERAY: The annual Round Island Relay in Vanuatu is one of the world’s most “phenomenally unique” runs but only a handful of people know of it, a North Sydney fitness instructor says.

Heidi Dening, who founded Jump Start Outdoor Training in Cammeray in 1997, has participated in the relay since 2001.

The event, which sees teams of 10 runners race around the main island of Efate, was first staged in 1980 to celebrate Vanuatu’s independence from Britain and France.

Ms Dening said divine scenery, friendly locals and challenging legs made the 138km run “extra special”. 

“You’ve got Vanuatans running barefoot over coral, barely taking a breath, competing with teams fully kitted out in sports gear who can hardly make it to the end,” Ms Dening said. “It’s phenomenally unique.”

Inspired by the relay, Ms Dening set up the Jump Start Foundation last year to raise funds to improve the literacy levels of children in remote areas of the island. The foundation has sent more than 1300kg of pre-loved books to Vanuatu and this year aims to build a library for a primary school in Tafea province, on the island of Tanna.

Ms Dening, who spent her early years as a high school physical education teacher in Vanautu, said a recent test
showed only seven per cent of five to seven-year-olds living in the archipelago were literate.

"It’s sad because if you can’t read, you can’t learn - many schools lack resources and facilities,’’ she said. “It is an exciting project - we expect the first library will be completed in July 2012,” Ms Dening said.

This month, at the opening of her new fitness facility in Cammeray, guests raised more than $7000 for the library project.  There will also be a Monster Garage Sale on Saturday, October 29, on Grafton St in Cammeray.



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