As is the case with most things in the year 2020, the upcoming Raise a Reader campaign is going to look a little different thanks to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
And, like many other recent fundraisers, that means going virtual.
“Like the rest of the world,” event organizer Fiona Clare said with a laugh.
Clare is the Literacy in Kamloops outreach co-ordinator.
Going virtual means you won’t be seeing their volunteers in bright orange T-shirts selling newspapers for donations to literacy.
Though Clearwater will have a table outside of the local grocery store where people can drop off donations in exchange for the paper, the rest of the participating communities — Kamloops, Barriere, Chase and Logan Lake — will be running entirely virtually this year.
One of the new virtual events for 2020 is an online trivia game hosted by a company called TriviaHub.
By visiting https://www.decoda.ca/support-us/ways-to-support/ you can sign up for the virtual trivia game. All you need to do is make a donation and register your team of between two and six players.
The game runs Sept. 22 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and teams can choose to play with members connected remotely, or safely congregating in a shared space.
“Because everyone is at home a lot more these days, it could be a fun thing to do with your family or friend,” Clare said.
“Have a bit of fun and at the same time make a donation to our Raise a Reader campaign.”
Schools will also have donations tins for a Loonie for Literacy campaign that encourages students to throw a $1 coin into the jar to help raise funds.
A recent survey by the Program for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies found that more than $700,000 British Columbians have significant challenges with literacy.
Forty-five per cent of British Columbians between 16 and 65 may have some difficulty with every day living tasks like reading a newspaper or understanding a newspaper article.
Donations can also be made through the Raise a Reader website at raiseareader.ca or dropped off at Kamloops This Week, 1365B Dalhousie Dr.