$84
$700
Dina posts a lot for her birthday! Story Factory
Dina posts a lot for her birthday!
$84
$700
Story Factory
Dina posts a lot for her birthday!
Dina posts a lot for her birthday!

Dina's page has now expired

994 days ago, Dina created this page in support of Story Factory .

With the help of Pen to Paper Challenge 2016, Dina gave everything:

  • They posted 29 times.

  • Shared their page with everyone they could.

  • Received 3 donations from generous family and friends.

  • Raised $84.

My Story

As many of you know, I love to write. What many of you may not know is why.

Writing saved my life.

I don't say that lightly.

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When I was young, I wasn't the most popular kid in school. I was a weirdo who didn't quite fit in with the boys or the girls. I loved to talk about Star Trek and synchronized swimming, which weren't exactly popular topics with the other kids.

As I grew into an adolescent, it only got worse.

But even while I was enduring difficult times at school, I had an outlet - writing. I journalled furiously and wrote stories - short ones, long ones, even full novels. Bullying at school was much easier to bear when I could think about Kalara and plan her trip to Mars.

Thanks to a wonderful man named Steve Charak and his magazine, Young Voices, I learned that writing was always something that would have my back. He taught writing workshops to kids around Olympia, WA, USA, and it's because of him that I got hooked. During a time when I didn't feel like I had much to contribute to the world, Steve believed in me and told me so. He even offered me my first regular writing gig - a science column in Young Voices.

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Steve passed away in 2005 from brain cancer, and no one else picked up the baton. I always craved another organisation like Young Voices to volunteer for because I know - viscerally - how important they can be.

Then I heard about the Sydney Story Factory and saw an organisation that looked a lot like Young Voices. Upon reading the website I immediately signed up to volunteer!

For the last couple of months I've been volunteering at an after-school care in Waterloo. For those of you not in Sydney, Waterloo is home to housing estates that mostly house Aboriginal people. I've been working with these kids - many Aboriginal, but others from around the world - to write an Australian Odyssey story inspired by traditional language groups and Dreaming stories. It's be an eye-opening experience for me, and a wonderful chance to see these young minds grow and blossom!

This September I'm turning 34 (eep!) and for my birthday, I would love for you to donate to the Sydney Story Factory. To show my commitment, I will be making a blog post every day on my various blogs - don't worry, I'll share them here for your benefit!

Thank you for supporting me and the Sydney Story Factory!

Team

Pen to Paper Challenge 2016

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This September writers of all varieties are committing to putting their pens to paper to keep the creativity pumping at the Sydney Story Factory. They're challenging themselves to sit down and WRITE and asking friends and family to sponsor them.
Want to sign up someone UNDER 16? Please click on "Continue Reading" to see important info.
We've already blitzed our original target! Amazing! So we're going higher, with a big bold stretch (gulp) to $30,000. Will you help us get there? $30,000 will guarantee no fewer than 600 places in one of SSF's signature book making or robot bird poetry workshops for marginalised children. Thanks for your support!
Are you registering a young writer under 16? Call the page your child's name. Then all other details, including date of birth, need to be your own to create a fundraising page on Everyday Hero (you have to be over 16 to be able to fundraise). If you have any problems at all email debbie@sydneystoryfactory.org.au. Thanks again!

Visit Team
Team

Pen to Paper Challenge 2016

Pentopaper logoset online01 2

This September writers of all varieties are committing to putting their pens to paper to keep the creativity pumping at the Sydney Story Factory. They're challenging themselves to sit down and WRITE and asking friends and family to sponsor them.
Want to sign up someone UNDER 16? Please click on "Continue Reading" to see important info.
We've already blitzed our original target! Amazing! So we're going higher, with a big bold stretch (gulp) to $30,000. Will you help us get there? $30,000 will guarantee no fewer than 600 places in one of SSF's signature book making or robot bird poetry workshops for marginalised children. Thanks for your support!
Are you registering a young writer under 16? Call the page your child's name. Then all other details, including date of birth, need to be your own to create a fundraising page on Everyday Hero (you have to be over 16 to be able to fundraise). If you have any problems at all email debbie@sydneystoryfactory.org.au. Thanks again!

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