Wednesday, April 06, 2011
QUAKY CAT RAISES $100,000 FOR CHRISTCHURCH
Written by Diana Noonan and illustrated by Gavin Bishop, (pictured left at the book launch), Quaky Cat has brought comfort to Christchurch children and their families since its publication in December 2010. No one involved with the book's production could ever have envisaged that, less than six months later, Christchurch would be struck again, this time by an even more devastating earthquake.
Proceeds from sales of Quaky Cat, including all of Noonan and Bishop’s royalties, are being donated to the Christchurch Women’s Refuge ($25,000) and Te Tai Tamariki Children’s Literature Trust ($25,000) with Scholastic’s contribution ($50,000) going to the Christchurch Earthquake Mayoral Appeal. 15,000 copies of the book were gifted by Scholastic to year 1 and 2 children in the Christchurch region.
Quaky Cat has consistently appeared in the NZ Top 10 bestseller list, alongside books by authors such as Jodi Picoult and Nigel Latta, and is also being sold by Scholastic worldwide, with funds continuing to be donated to Christchurch.
In the words of Christchurch Mayor Bob Parker, Quaky Cat ‘is a book our very brave children (and adults) will treasure.’