The Footpath Library
Founded by Sarah Garnett in 2003, The Footpath Library grew out of sorrow, a simple observation, and the desire to make a difference.
When family friend Benjamin Andrew died unexpectedly, Sarah responded to her grief by volunteering with a group serving meals to homeless and disadvantaged people in Sydney’s CBD.
One evening, Sarah noticed a man sitting under a streetlight reading a novel while waiting for the food van. She started bringing him a few books and it was from this humble beginning that the original The Benjamin Andrew Footpath Library grew.
Now in Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane (and soon across Australia), The Footpath Library collects donated books from the public and publishers and gives them to those who don’t have access to good quality reading material. For more info about our Branch activities click here
Today The Footpath Library is supported by a dedicated group of more than 40 volunteers including its Patron, Board of Directors, and Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane Branch Management Teams. To see our Vision click here
Who Was Benjamin Andrew?
Benjamin Andrew was the son of one of Sarah’s close friend’s. Ben and Sarah had become great friends and Sarah originally named The Footpath Library after him because books and writing were his passion, and to commemorate a young man with a great future whose life ended too early.
As a 15 year old Ben was sexually assaulted by a pedophile and ten years later dragged though an associated legal battle, only to die tragically of pneumonia at 27.
The Benjamin Andrew Poetry Competition
To honour Ben’s important influence on the history of our organisation and to celebrate our 10th anniversary, The Footpath Library has created The Benjamin Andrew Poetry Competition to be held in November each year. More details coming soon.
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