Book lovers sup­port chap­laincy pro­gram

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - News -

Hor­sham Col­lege Chap­laincy Com­mit­tee’s bian­nual book fair will re­turn to Ian Maroske Hall this week.

Hun­dreds of books and mag­a­zines will be up for grabs on Fri­day and Satur­day, with pro­ceeds go­ing to­wards fund­ing the col­lege’s two chap­lains.

The chap­laincy com­mit­tee raises $32,000 each year for chap­lain salaries and pro­grams at Hor­sham Col­lege.

Chap­laincy com­mit­tee chair­woman Yolande Grosser said there were hun­dreds of new and sec­ond­hand books for pur­chase.

“We have such a wide range of ma­te­rial. There are spe­cial and rare books but also the lat­est cook­ing mag­a­zines,” she said.

“This year we have a large range of chil­dren’s books.

“It will be a lovely com­mu­nity event that will al­low peo­ple to af­ford re­ally nice books that they might not be able to af­ford oth­er­wise.”

Books for the fair are do­nated by peo­ple from across the Wim­mera.

“It’s so in­cred­i­ble, the books peo­ple have,” Mrs Grosser said.

She said the com­mit­tee was look­ing for new mem­bers to help con­tinue fundrais­ing.

“We would love new mem­bers, they don’t have to have stu­dents at the school,” she said.

“The chap­lains are so im­por­tant be­cause they pro­vide stu­dents with a per­son to work with who isn’t a teacher or par­ent.

“This re­la­tion­ship is re­ally valu­able for some stu­dents.”

The chap­lains are run­ning a ‘shine and strength’ pro­gram for year seven and eight stu­dents fo­cus­ing on skills and strengths.

An on­site café run by stu­dents will pro­vide food at the fair.

Money col­lected at the cafe funds a schol­ar­ship, given to a stu­dent at the col­lege and aimed to en­cour­age and mo­ti­vate. The fair will run from noon to 9pm on Fri­day and 9am to noon, Satur­day.

Chil­dren’s books and mag­a­zines cost 50 cents, with all other books $1.

FOR THE LOVE OF BOOKS: Hor­sham Col­lege Chap­laincy com­mit­tee chair­woman Yolande Grosser, left, with chap­lains Kate Po­lack and Greg Mckinnon, pre­pare for the book fair. Pic­ture: PAUL CARRACHER

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