Bookworms invited to fair
There will be boxes of books and bargains galore at a popular community fundraising event in South Auckland.
The Rotary Club of ManurewaTakanini stages its annual public book fair at Alfriston College from April 20-23. Money raised from the sale will go to Kidz First Children’s Hospital as well as other projects.
The home of club secretary Colin White and his wife Sherrin, who’s an honorary member, is serving as one of eight book dropoff points.
Their garage is packed full of hundreds of cardboard boxes containing an estimated 20,000 books, which they sort into different categories.
‘‘I’ve spent hours on this since the first week of March,’’ Sherrin says. ’’It’s a worthwhile cause and something we’ve done passionately for seven years. We’ve always supported Kidz First.’’
There’s an additional 100 boxes being housed temporarily in another garage and 150 boxes in storage. The club’s previous book fairs raised more than $100,000.
Sherrin says it’s a popular attraction for South Auckland book lovers. ’’We get more of the same people back again each year. The word is out there about why we do it. We see people drop books off and then we see them again at the sale.’’
The book fair is at the Alfriston College hall at 550 Porchester Rd. It’s open to the public from 9am to 5pm on April 20-22 and from 9am to 1pm on April 23 and entry is free. Prices vary depending on each book’s size but there’s a discount for buying in bulk.