What is the Great Kiwi Bookathon? - tell me more!
The Great Kiwi Bookathon is all about bringing the love of books to your kids and inspiring them to read. Children read the books they love during the month of June and raise money for children who are blind, deafblind or have low vision and their families, so they have a great start in life and can get on with living life.
I would love to register all my children. Can I use one email address?
Yes, you sure can! Just click here to register. Please enter your (parent or guardian) details first. When you get to the 'children' step of registration, simply hit the 'add' button to include your child's details. You can add up to 5 children under one email address to your family team.
I always loved reading. Can I register as an adult?
Yes, you sure can! Simply click here to register as an adult – we love the idea of adult readers joining in the fun, too.
Is there a minimum age to take part in the Great Kiwi Bookathon?
The Great Kiwi Bookathon is targeted towards children in school year 1 or 5 years old onwards, but the enjoyment of books is our top priority whilst raising money for families and children who are blind, deafblind, or have low vision.
Can I swap the T-shirt I got for a different size?
For the first Great Kiwi Bookathon we had a limited supply of T-shirts and are unable to do size swapping. We were blown away by the level of interest and sign-ups for the first Great Kiwi Bookathon! We surpassed our initial free 1500 T-shirts in the first 6 hours and had to secure another 1000!
How do I get a T-shirt?
We're blown away by the level of interest and sign-ups for the first Great Kiwi Bookathon! We hit our limit of 2500 T-shirts in the first 24 hours at the beginning of April!
There is an opportunity to get a personalized T-shirt if individuals join the Top Shelf club by raising $500+.
If you feel like you were part of this first 2500 sign-ups at the beginning of April but haven't received a T-shirt please get in touch with our team to get clarification.
Is there a recommended reading list?
Participants share the books they read, so have a look and get inspired by what others have read. And be an inspiration for others and share your books too.
Do I need to read a certain number of books?
You can read to your heart’s content and, no, there is no minimum (or maximum) amount of books you have to read! And by the way, you can read in as many ways as you want. You may have a physical book, read on an e-reader, or you may use audiobooks. You can get the books from the library, your school or talk to your friends and do a book exchange (please ask your parents first). We see books as comics, magazines, picture books, text books, novels. Anything you read end to end, log as a book!
When do I start reading?
“Reading, steady, go” starts on the 1 June 2021 with the launch of the Great Kiwi Bookathon. That is the day you can start logging your books! Get ready by choosing some of the books you are keen to read.
You can start reading earlier, but technically, the Great Kiwi Bookathon is to read as much as you can, throughout June.
How do I log books I've read or reviewed?
Log into your personal Great Kiwi Bookathon account that was created when you registered. Here you can go to the My Books section to log the books read.
How much do I need to fundraise?
The Great Kiwi Bookathon is all about having fun, so that is why there is no fundraising minimum. We encourage you and your family to have a go and experience the joy of doing good and to raise what is doable for you. This could be $25 or $250.
Children who experience blindness, deaf blindness, or low vision and their families are grateful for you taking part in the Great Kiwi Bookathon. And remember, there are loads of awesome fundraising prizes and awards to be won!
I did not get my badge when I shared my fundraising page on Facebook, what is happening?
For you to receive the badge, you will need to share your page via your dashboard on the fundraising page. Simply go to your fundraising dashboard here to share your page. Our system will then connect you directly with Facebook. However, unfortunately, we don't recognise it when you share the page directly from Facebook.
Can I collect donations via a Facebook fundraiser?
The easiest way to ask people to donate is to share on Facebook via the Donate button to collect donations for Great Kiwi Bookathon. Facebook is a great way to connect with your friends and family and for fundraising purposes, we recommend you use our website the Great Kiwi Bookathon. Only donations collected through the Great Kiwi Bookathon platform will show on your Funraisin page. We encourage you to share a link to your personal fundraising page instead of on social media to ask friends and family to donate.
How do I reset my password?
It's easy to reset your password, click the 'login' button on the website and simply hit the 'forgot password?' link.
What is the Top Shelf club?
The Top Shelf club is for those individuals who raise $500 or more, they receive a special package and a special thank you!
What is the last day for donations to get into the Top Shelf Club?
You must have all of your donations in by the 5th of July 2021 to be able to get all the Top Shelf club goodies!
When will the T-Shirt arrive?
The t-shirt will be sent with your child’s welcome pack if you qualified as one of the first 1500 registered and these will start being dispatched from mid-May.
If you've registered multiple children, each child will get their own welcome pack, with their t-shirt in it. While packs will be sent at the same time, they might arrive separately.
We qualified for the free welcome pack, when will we receive it?
The welcome packs will be sent in May.
If you've registered multiple children, each child will get their own welcome pack. While packs will be sent at the same time, they might arrive separately.
What are the badges that can be collected?
We have 9 Great Kiwi Bookathon gamification badges to collect when the reader hits a number of milestones;
- First book read
- Five books read
- First donation received
- Shared on social media
- $50 Raised
- $100 Raised
- Halfway to target
- $500 Raised
- Target achieved