Now in its eighteenth year, Write a Book in a Day is a creative challenge for pupils in Years 5 – 12 and adult writing groups. Teams have just twelve hours to write, illustrate and publish a book from start to finish! As well as being fun and collaborative, Write a Book in a Day also supports vital childhood cancer research, with sponsorship money going to The Kids’ Cancer Project.
In 2021, the competition raised an all-time high for the cause. CEO of The Kids’ Cancer Project, Owen Finegan is grateful to everyone who took part, especially with many teams doing so from COVID-19 lockdown.
“Thanks to all the writers, team coordinators and sponsors who participated in Write a Book in a Day this year,” he says. “Your involvement has a great impact, not only are your books shared in our online library and with hospitals across the country but the $595,000 raised will fund six childhood cancer research projects.”
– Owen Finegan, The Kids’ Cancer Project CEO
You can find out more about the projects The Kids’ Cancer Project funds here.
The individuals and teams with the highest sponsorship won JB Hi-Fi vouchers of up to $1,000. Plus, all teams that raised over $500 were entered into a prize draw, with one lucky team picked at random to win another $1,000 JB Hi-Fi voucher.
Top individual fundraisers
- Zara S. $8,326: KRB Year 7, Kincoppal – Rose Bay School of the Sacred Heart, Rose Bay NSW
- Zoe K. $8,192: Chapter Six, Hunters Hill High School, Hunters Hill, NSW
- Angelie L. $3,630: St Hilda’s One, St Hilda’s Anglican School for Girls, Mosman Park, WA
Top team fundraisers
- KRB Year 7, $12,926: Kincoppal – Rose Bay School of the Sacred Heart, Rose Bay NSW
- Chapter Six, $12,066: Hunters Hill High School, Hunters Hill, NSW
- The Ten Pens, $9,640: SCEGGS Darlinghurst, Darlinghurst, NSW
Prize draw winners
- Writing Wizards, $1,395: Bomaderry Public School, NSW
The Ten Pens, from SCEGGS Darlinghurst, came third for the highest funds raised as a team. As well as collecting an incredible $9,604 in sponsorship, they were thrilled by the way their family and friends got behind the cause.
“We had such an amazing day writing the book and initially hoped to raise a bit of money. But once we shared it with our family and friends, we were inundated with support and encouragement and realised that such a special cause really touched people and resonated with the community. We are so privileged and grateful for this experience, and we are proud to have taken part in such an important event.”
Chapter Six, from Hunters Hill High School, came second after raising over $12,000. The team got a lot out of getting involved in the annual fiction frenzy.
“We decided to participate in the Write a Book in a Day challenge as it was a cause we all wanted to raise money for, and we thought it would be a fun experience. We got to use our different skills to produce a book we are all proud of.”
Zara was the top individual fundraising winner. She valued the opportunity for group work with her KRB Year 7 team mates on a creative project.
“Write a Book in a Day was an incredible experience not only for myself but for our amazing team members,” Zara explains. “We learnt many skills including teamwork, communication, and quick creative thinking.”
Angelie who placed third for individual funds raised, kept the charity at the front of her mind throughout the competition.
“Fundraising for cancer research is important to me because we are able to help fund the work of scientists and researchers to continue searching for cures and better treatment for kids fighting the disease. It helps us to get one step closer to discovering cures,” says Angelie.
Founder of The Kids’ Cancer Project, Col Reynold (OAM), was thrilled by the commitment to the competition in 2021.
“Thank you to everyone who has participated in Write a Book in a Day this year to help raise funds for childhood cancer research,” says Col. “Because of you, we can continue to fund projects with the greatest chance of success, led by the most brilliant scientific minds in Australia.”
– Col Reynolds, The Kids’ Cancer Project Founder