Small Steps author pledges royalties to support Direct Reach Ethiopia


Julie Sprigg, author of Small Steps: A Physio in Ethiopia, has vowed to give her Christmas royalty cheque to Direct Reach Ethiopia. A Perth-based organisation, Direct Reach Ethiopia runs programs that empower people living in extreme poverty by supporting children’s education and increasing the earning capacity of Ethiopian women.

Julie said, ‘Small Steps is about resilience in the face of persistent challenges, but new challenges have arisen for the people of Ethiopia since the book launched in 2020. I hope Small Steps gives readers a taste of the joys and beauty of travel and work in Ethiopia, plus insights beyond what we see in the news.’

Small Steps, which was shortlisted for the City of Fremantle Hungerford Award, is a memoir of hope, joy, friendship and love set in the unlikeliest of Ethiopian destinations: physiotherapy clinics, university classrooms and convents. With fascinating observations into the reality of volunteering, the tragedy of inadequate medical care, and the power of persistence, this remarkable tale will inspire you to take small steps toward positive change.

Between now and 31 December, royalties from all sales of Small Steps will go to Direct Reach Ethiopia. So pick up a present for your favourite armchair traveller and give the gift of hope to those in need at the same time!

More information about Direct Reach Ethiopia is available on their website.


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