2nd October 2016 – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – AUSTRALIA
Successful Dyslexics Pen Red Letters for Awareness
What do author Jackie French, Olympian Alex Edmondson and Philanthropist David Pescud all have in common?
They have all overcome the struggles of dyslexia to achieve great success in their fields. They have also all written their own Red Letters in support of the Make it a Red Letter day campaign that is raising awareness for dyslexia and shining a light on the changes that are long overdue in the Australian Education system.
Jackie French, an award-winning Australian author, writes a letter to her fellow dyslexics, encouraging them to never give up and to soar! She tells them that even though school is hard they can achieve anything they want if they follow their passions and work hard. Read Jackie’s letter.
“If you’re dyslexic you have two choices: you can give up, or be determined, learn to focus, learn to work. Because we’ve had to do that, dyslexics who don’t give up tend to be very, very good at what we do. Talent is common. Genius is talent plus determination. There’s a good chance you’re going to have that.” – Jackie French
Alex Edmondson, an Olympic cyclist, writes about his struggles through school but by having a supportive family and finding his passion he has gone on to achieve more than his wildest dreams. Read Alex’s letter.
“If you are struggling with dyslexia and you want to throw the towel in that’s all normal, but what you need to do is stand up and say to yourself, “You know what, I am better than this and I can overcome it.” – Alex Edmondson
David Pescud, founder of Sailors with disABILITIES, discusses the importance of mindset and having positive experiences. He believes schools should prepare us for our future, to get us ready to go into the world as young adults, with tools that are appropriate to our needs whatever they may be. Read David’s letter.
“For the responsibility of our children future lies with us all. If you cannot help, then get out of the way, because we are about making a difference.” – David Pescud
Jackie, Alex & David have written their Red Letters alongside parents and children that are advocating for change. As a community, dyslexics and their families are banding together to have their voices heard.
The ‘Make it a Red Letter Day Campaign’ is aiming to raise awareness and create discussion in the broader community, the media as well as political and education leaders. The campaign encourages everyone who is touched by dyslexia, parents, siblings, teachers and tutors to also write their own red letters to help show all sides of living with dyslexia.
To read inspiring letters and learn more about the campaign and competition please go to http://www.myredletter.com.au/
The ‘Make it a Red Letter Day’ Competition and Campaign runs until October 22nd 2016, has been organised in conjunction with the ‘Light it Red for Dyslexia’ event to be held nationally on October 15, 2016, as part of World Dyslexia Day.
The ‘Make it a Red Letter Day’ Campaign and Competition are volunteer initiatives by the combined national Dyslexia Support Groups to raise awareness and create change for dyslexia across Australia. The colour red was chosen to reclaim and empower dyslexic students who all too often see ‘red’ in a negative way on their school work and assignments.
‘Make it a Red Letter Day’ competition encourages children (aged 5 to 18) touched by Dyslexia (diagnosed or suspected) to write a heartfelt ‘Red letter’ about dyslexia (without spelling or grammar correction) to someone they believe could influence change, e.g., a politician, teacher, principal, the media or someone famous. Although ‘written letters’ are the intended medium, for inclusion purposes children will also be able to submit their entries in other mediums (such as film, art, dance) – allowing for dyslexic creativity.
Our Sponsors have donated over $10,000 worth of prizes, and the competition will be judged by the 2015 Senior Australian of the Year, Author and proud Dyslexic Jackie French.