Mon­ster book fair do­na­tions speak vol­umes

Auckland City Harbour News - - News - By Lisa Sloan

Book lovers have two ex­tra rea­sons to in­dulge in their pas­sion for read­ing this week­end.

If they buy up large at the an­nual Ep­som Ro­tary Club book fair, they will also sup­port lo­cal chil­dren’s lit­er­acy pro­grammes.

The club is hold­ing the fair to raise money for lo­cal pri­mary schools as well as its own projects.

More than 60,000 books have been do­nated and cover all cat­e­gories from fiction to univer­sity text­books, DVDs, CDs and more.

Club pres­i­dent Bruno Gin says the book fair is a great com­mu­nity event.

“It helps peo­ple re­cy­cle their books and also gives peo­ple a sense of phi­lan­thropy by do­nat­ing them,” he says.

“Plus it is good to have the op­por­tu­nity to help our schools and our chil­dren.”

The Ep­som Ro­tary Club has been run­ning the book fair for 10 years.

Mem­bers have been col­lect­ing do­na­tions from the com­mu­nity for the past seven weeks and the Orewa Ro­tary Club has also do­nated left-over books from its re­cent sale.

Books have been sorted into cat­e­gories and in­clude ev­ery­thing from chil­dren’s fiction and toys to text­books and mag­a­zines.

Prices will range from 50 cents to $4 for a top qual­ity pa­per­back.

Last year’s sale made about $20,000 for the com­mu­nity and the group hopes to achieve that again.

Mr Gin says schools have used the funds to pay teacher aides, buy new text­books and other learn­ing aids.

Doug Bunting has been a mem­ber of the Ep­som Ro­tary Club for more than 30 years.

He says the book fair is its ma­jor fundraiser.

“This sale is go­ing to be a mon­ster,” he says.

Ro­tary is a non-profit or­gan­i­sa­tion ded­i­cated to com­mu­nity ser­vice projects.

It also sup­ports pro­grammes for youth and ed­u­ca­tional op­por­tu­ni­ties and in­ter­na­tional ex­changes for stu­dents, teach­ers and other pro­fes­sion­als.

The book fair will be held from 8am to 5pm to­mor­row and 9am to 3pm on Sun­day at the Mt Eden War Me­mo­rial Hall, 489 Do­min­ion Rd. En­try is $10 from 8am to 9am to­mor­row and free the rest of the week­end.

Mr Bunting says the Ep­som Ro­tary Club would also wel­come new mem­bers.

For more in­for­ma­tion, phone 625-8850.

Photo: JA­SON OXENHAM

Books ga­lore: Ep­som Ro­tary Club mem­bers Bruno Gin, left, and Doug Bunting are help­ing at this week­end’s an­nual book fair.

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