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Encouraging the gift of giving

Fri, Feb 15, 2013

Each year, as a gesture of goodwill from one non-profit to another, Magabala Books provides one local Indigenous non-profit organisation with a collection of books. This year Magabala Books selected Jalygurr-Guwan for its commitment in providing quality early childhood services to the Indigenous community in and around Broome.


Christmas time: Kids at the Broome-based Aboriginal childcare centre, Jalygurr-Guwan rush to open a huge selection of Magabala Books children’s titles.

The instigator of the donation, Nic Murray, Magabala Books Marketing Manager said, "We might be a non-profit organisation and feel the repercussions of that financial limitation everyday, but we still feel strongly about giving back to the community and doing our bit to help, especially at Christmas. It was just beautiful to see the children squeal with delight on opening their presents and reading all the Magabala books with their carers and Magabala staff. It doesn’t get much better than that."

Jalygurr-Guwan was originally established by a group of mothers who attended the Mirdi Marlu (‘Little Kangaroos’) playgroup. Over time, as more Aboriginal women in Broome entered the workforce, the group talked about the need for an Aboriginal Day Care Service. 

The concept was formalised, and in September 1989 Jalygurr-Guwan became one of 37 Multi-functional Aboriginal Children’s Service (MAC Service) designed to meet the social and developmental needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children. 

Jalygurr-Guwan Coordinator, Heather Lee, expressed her gratitude to Magabala Books upon receiving the books. ‘What a wonderful contribution these books will make to our centre. I can’t thank Magabala enough for the generosity they have shown our kids and centre today.’