Tawa Ro­tary has a tall or­der for big book fair

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By AN­DREA O’NEIL

Tawa Ro­tary has plenty of books, but is in need of a gi­raffe.

The char­i­ta­ble or­gan­i­sa­tion is hold­ing its an­nual book fair dur­ing the next two week­ends to raise funds for chil­dren’s health ed­u­ca­tion char­ity the Life Ed­u­ca­tion Trust.

A vol­un­teer is be­ing sought to ap­pear at the fair dressed as Harold the gi­raffe, the trust’s mas­cot.

Harold will give a tour of the trust’s mo­bile class­room to chil­dren and cu­ri­ous adults at the fair.

Book fair or­gan­iser Doug Bur­rus sus­pects the task will fall to a Rotarian, but no mem­bers have yet taken up his of­fer to wear the heavy, hot gi­raffe cos­tume, he says.

The fair has been rais­ing money for the trust for four of the nine years since it be­gan, and Mr Bur­rus hopes to match last year’s $18,000 sum.

Aside from small ad­ver­tis­ing costs, all the money raised will go to­wards teach­ing school­child­ren healthy choices and self-es­teem, he says.

‘‘One thing about Ro­tary – what goes in comes out, un­like some of these char­i­ties where out of a dol­lar, 50 cents goes to ad­ver­tis­ing.’’

More than 20,000 books have been col­lected so far, plus hun­dreds of mag­a­zines.

Some books are left over from Plim­mer­ton and John­sonville’s Ro­tary book fairs ear­lier in the year, but Mr Bur­rus is amazed by the huge out­pour­ing of books from the com­mu­nity each year. ‘‘It’s fas­ci­nat­ing, re­ally.’’ Some will have been bought last year, read and now do­nated back to the sale, he sus­pects.

‘‘A lot of these have prob­a­bly been re­cy­cled a few times.’’

Most books sell for be­tween $2 and $3, but rare and spe­cial books are ‘‘ex­pen­sive’’ – up to $10 each.

‘‘But when I say ex­pen­sive, it might be some­thing you pay $100 for in a shop,’’ Mr Bur­rus says.

Ro­tary mem­bers spend dozens of hours col­lect­ing do­nated books and set­ting them up for the fair.

‘‘It would be eas­ier to go back to work, I think, and get paid,’’ Mr Bur­rus jokes.

There is a small re­ward for their labour – Ro­tar­i­ans gather for a wine and cheese evening the night be­fore the sale and get first pick of the books dis­played, but must buy them like any mem­ber of the pub­lic.

‘‘We’re try­ing to turn books into money, not give them away,’’ Mr Bur­rus says.

Tawa Ro­tary book fair, Tawa Junc­tion, Sur­rey St, July 23 to 24, 30 to 31. Open Satur­days 9am till 4pm, Sun­days 10am till 3pm.

Bar­gain books: Chil­dren will ben­e­fit to the tune of $18,000 from an up­com­ing book fair, says Tawa Ro­tary’s Doug Bur­rus.

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