Staff of media company Novus Holdings joined forces with the Read to Rise organisation to cover reading books that will be donated to Grade 2 and 3 learners at 45 schools in the area.Endorsed by the Department of Basic Education, Read to Rise currently supports learners in Mitchell’s Plain and Soweto.It is a non-profit organisation committed to promoting literacy in schools in South Africa’s disadvantaged communities.The Novus staff decided to join forces with Read to Rise on Mandela Day because it fits in with the group’s primary CSI initiative, which aims to build strong foundations for future growth by focusing on education, skills development and community engagement. “We are proud to have partnered with an inspirational organisation such as Read to Rise to make a positive change,” says Peter Metcalfe, group executive of sales and marketing at Novus.“By promoting reading amongst our youth, we help create a literate and educated society which in turn uplifts our communities for the better.”The books sponsored by Novus form part of Read to Rise’s high-quality and colourful Oaky book series, which includes age-appropriate, educational and life-lesson orientated reading material. Learners are given these books to keep, thereby encouraging them to read not just at school but also at home and with family and friends.“We are grateful for the support we have received from Novus. These books will bring smiles to many learners’ faces. At Read to Rise we firmly believe that children need to read in order to ‘rise’ in their personal development and contribution to society,” says Taryn Lock, co-founder and executive director of Read to Rise.