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 My Own Book (MOB) YEG

Sara Tharakan - My Own BookDid you know that 40 per cent of adults struggle with literacy? One of the key remedies is an early start to reading. Unfortunately, some children do not even have ONE book to call their own.

This is where My Own Book (MOB) YEG comes in.

Join me, Sara Tharakan, in raising funds at a high needs school in Edmonton. The funds will go to the purchase of a book for every child in a local high-needs school. These books will be delivered just before the summer holidays, giving these students their very own book to read over the summer break.

How can you help?

Go to the Canada Helps website to read a little bit more about the charity and how you can donate to the cause.

Want to see your donation in action?

Email if you would like to volunteer the morning of delivery. You will be helping teachers deliver books to each child in the classroom. As you can see from the photos, this was a very rewarding experience for all that participated in 2016!

Thank you for your support!

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NAIT: Planting the seeds of education

Sara Tharakan - NAITBorn and raised in Edmonton, Sara is involved with a number of projects and committees, including serving as a member on the advisory committee of the Stollery Women’s Network in support of Canada’s second largest children’s hospital.

Supporting local causes, particularly with a focus on entrepreneurship and education, is important to her and Sara recently made her first gift to NAIT.

The Tharakan Innovation Challenge Award was created to support NAIT’s Bachelor of Business Administration – Entrepreneurship students. To be awarded in the 2016/17 academic year, students will be tasked with finding a new use for an existing product. A panel of judges will select the top three ideas.

Sara believes creative thinking plays a large part in the success of any business. Providing these types of initiatives, therefore, will help shape this exact skill set in budding entrepreneurs and business practitioners.

“This award is meant to provoke the innovation spirit,” she says. “Edmonton is teeming with culture, energy, innovation and technology. As an entrepreneur myself, I wanted to contribute to this environment. It just made perfect sense to come back to NAIT – where I got my start–and do something like this.”

Read the full story on NAIT Alumni Profiles.