Cherrybrook pupil is a charity champion

FOR 12-year-old Elijah Gordon, the first time fund-raising was a charm.

Although the year 6 Cherrybrook Public School pupil had no experience in fund-raising, with the support of his family, friends and online donators, Elijah jumped from fourth place and now ranks second in the Australian Literacy and Numeracy Foundation's Wall of Hands campaign leader board.

Since June, Elijah has raised more than $3700 to help close the literacy gap in indigenous communities across Australia.

Supported by Officeworks, the charity will use the funds to provide educational supplies to students from Groote Eylandt in the Northern Territory.

Every weekend Elijah's parents helped him in his sausage sizzles at Officeworks Alexandria in his quest to gain support.

No one in his family had expected his success from his endeavour, which he took on for a school project.

"We were surprised by how supportive and generous people are," his mother Tracey Nodder said.

"Elijah was raised in a family that values learning and education, so it's great for him to use the skills he has to give back to the community.

"It's good for kids to get a glimpse of how privileged they are."

Only one in five kids in remote indigenous communities in Australia can read and write at a minimum NAPLAN standard.

"Making a difference is my favourite part of being in this campaign," Elijah said.

Shoppers can support the Wall of Hands campaign by buying a hand at Officeworks for $2.

Each hand will be placed on the store's Wall of Hands, with all funds going to the foundation's projects in remote communities.

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