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Another year of Umoja Writing Competition comes to a close

I am immensely proud of Umoja Writing Competition and my contribution to it. In an a busy year, both personally and professionally, fitting in the time to commit to the blog and other promotions for Umoja Writing Competition is sometimes difficult, but the end result is always worth that effort. I also have the help of founder Cathy Booth and deputy principal Deborah Lawrence as well as some anonymous judges (you know who you are). Without them my job would be so much harder, so thank you. We raise much needed funds for Umoja Orphanage Kenya Project and that’s the most important thing.

About Umoja Writing Competition

The Umoja Writing Competition was created as a fundraiser to contribute to the Umoja Orphanage Kenya Project. The orphanage was founded by Australia Cathy Booth and is supported by Sunrise Rotary Club Bundaberg and Rotary Club of Diani Beach Kenya.

The organiser of this writing competition, Donna Munro has worked in the publishing industry as a marketing publicist, editor and is also a published writer. She has a love of Africa as well as the written word, so to collaborate with the Umoja Orphanage Kenya Project, by creating a writing competition, is a perfect fit and something that she looks forward to again.

The competition is heading into its fourth year. We are hoping for plenty of quality stories after the last three year’s success. These stories will be judged by a panel (to be selected from Umoja, Rotary and the publishing industry). You can read about 2014  winner Lauren or 2015 winner Kirsten. And the newly announced winner of this year’s competition Disha Raval who is only 12 and born in Kenya.

Here is the post today about Disha’s win:

And if you’d like to read the winning entry:

While the competition is in hiatus you can still use the page to donate the Umoja Orphanage Kenya. Though the blog promotes literacy the biggest promotion is the Umoja Orphanage Kenya Project and the wonderful work Cathy and her team do.


Donna Munro is the author of The Zanzibar Moon, Kendwa's Secret and Elephant Creek, freelance writer, blogger, graphic designer, content writer, book marketer, administrator, web editor and book reader. She's been published in Take Five, The Australian Woman's Weekly, For Me, She, That's Life, Woman's Day and Club Life and other smaller publications. She is a proud member of Romance Writers of Australia and the current Administrative Assistant. Donna lives in Queensland and is addicted to beaches, reading, Peanut Butter, elephants, koalas, Sydney Roosters and Home & Away. You'll often find her digging her toes in the sand with a book in her hand.

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