9 June 2011
We launched the Indigo Express Fund today in the city in front of lots of people. I read this speech below.
Speech for the launch of the Indigo Express Fund at the
Sydney Community Foundation Breakfast
9 June 2011
Good Morning Ladies and Gentlemen, Boys and Girls,
My name is Indigo, I am 9 years old and I am going to read my speech to you.
Two years ago, I could not do this. I am Dyslexic. Which means I have trouble reading.
When I was in kindergarten I realised that other kids could read quite easily but it was not easy for me.
There was a group of girls who would not let me play with them and they said that I could only play if I spelled some words to them.
I did not feel good about myself and often I would cry in my mother’s arms at night.
I felt that I was not clever and not like the other girls.
I wondered why I was born like this and the other kids were not.
As I could not read, I could not learn other things like maths and science.
Mum took me to get tested and it showed that I was a very smart girls but had a serious reading disability. I was more than two years behind my age group in reading.
I then started in two literacy programmes, Literacy Circle and Multi-Lit.
For two years I would leave school early and travel to Multi-Lyy three times a week for Literacy training.
I learned to read. I can now read like a 9 year old. I have great friends and I am very happy.
Now, I really, really want to help other children.
When you know how to read it makes life so much easier.
I will now help other children with reading disabilities through the Fund.
Thank you for listening to my story.
Newspaper Articles on the Launch of Indigo Express
We were then in the newspaper on Saturday 11 June 2011.
We were also in the Financial Review on 14 June 2011
Philanthropy targets the most disadvantaged
PUBLISHED : 14 Jun 2011 00:05:51 | UPDATED: 14 Jun 2011 00:32:10 PUBLISHED: 01 Jun 2011 PRINT EDITION: 14 June 2011
Photos from the event on 9 June are below:
Indigo reading her speech on 9 June 2011 at the launch of the Indigo Express Fund
Indigo and Catriona (Mum) at the launch of Indigo Express Fund 9 June 2011