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A Bid for Literacy


Abstract N21, mixed media on canvas, 18"x 24"
Abstract N21, mixed media on canvas, 18″x 24″


This wonderful article is about a very worthy cause and I am greatly honoured to share it with you as it was shared with me. I hope in reading this touching piece you will also take the opportunity to contribute to a great charity. Written by Mr. Rojas for The Literacy Group, and as follows:

Imagine a world in which the simplest of tasks, from shopping for groceries to paying the bills, or even just visiting the ATM, was a daily, uphill struggle. Imagine having to ask for help whenever you filled out a medical form or a job application. Imagine living in the 21st century and being unable to stay in touch with your loved ones – unable to connect with the rest of the world.

For the countless adults in Canada and abroad who still live with low literacy, these and other challenges are all too real. Studies by the OECD have shown that low literacy correlates with poverty, joblessness and poor health outcomes, and it remains a much larger problem in Canada than most would believe. Thousands have found themselves living in desperate conditions without the skills required to improve their lives. As a non-profit organization based in Kitchener-Waterloo, The Literacy Group (TLG) is dedicated to ensuring that this situation is not allowed to continue. Using small groups and one-to-one tutoring, TLG has helped a diverse group of people throughout the Kitchener, Cambridge and Waterloo regions to achieve their goals and to improve their literacy, numeracy, computer and work skills. Their capable staff and dedicated volunteers work daily to guarantee that anyone who reaches out for help is able to receive it.

If you are interested in contributing to this worthy cause, there is an exciting opportunity to do so this week. Celebrated Canadian artist Elizabeth Elkin, whose work has been and continues to be recognized on an international level, has graciously donated one of her original paintings to be auctioned off by TLG. Ms. Elkin has always been proud to support local charities like TLG and she is especially thrilled to donate her artwork to such a worthy goal. All proceeds from the sale of this beautiful piece, entitled Abstract N 21, will go directly to TLG in support of their literacy programs. We hope that you will seize this chance to take home a unique piece of art while also helping some of our most disadvantaged citizens. The auction opened on September 15th and close on September 22nd. Further information on the auction can be found here, at: