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Lauren Gilhula, Special to the times

Article from Cambridge Times

Julie Rattray browses the books for sale while Julie Sigrist helps during the recent Rodding for Reading event at the Portuguese Club in Cambridge.

Literacy support programs received a huge boost thanks to a recent fundraisier in Cambridge.

The second annual Rodding for Reading and Car and Motorcyle Show, held July 7 at the Portuguese Club of Cambridge, raised $9,000 for the Literacy Group of Waterloo Region.

The funds raised were more than double the amount collected in the first year of the event. More than 100 cars were on display and performers entertained crowds.

The literacy group provides support to adults who have low levels of literacy. It’s estimated that four out of 10 adults have literacy levels of less than 15 per cent.

Adults with reading and comprehension levels this low have difficulty dealing with everyday tasks and lack the skills to keep up in today’s economy.

The literacy group served more than 300 students last year, thanks to support from 140 volunteers who gave 11,193 hours of their time.

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