Cap­tain Un­der­pants helps booklovers fly

The Leader (Nelson) - - News/opinion - By MATT LAWREY

Nel­son book fan Sue Palmer and her hus­band Dar­ren are off to Auck­land to hope­fully see the All Blacks play South Africa thanks to the Founders Book Fair com­pe­ti­tion.

The prize of a trip for two, in­clud­ing re­turn flights, two nights ac­com­mo­da­tion and trans­fers, was do­nated by the book fair’s spon­sor Knapps Lawyers (for­merly Hunter Ralfe). Ev­ery­one who bought a $5 nine-day pass went into the draw and Sue was stoked to win.

‘‘ I was pretty re­ally,’’ she said.

The last time she and Dar­ren went to Auck­land for a hol­i­day was in 1998 be­fore their chil­dren were born.

The com­pe­ti­tion’s prize was billed as a trip to the Va­ri­ety Mon­ster Book Fair but the Palmers have de­cided they would rather use it to try to see the All Blacks take on South Africa on Septem­ber 14, if tick­ets are avail­able.

Book fair reg­u­lars, this year the Palmer fam­ily bought 14 tit-

de­lighted, les in­clud­ing Cap­tain Un­der­pants and the Per­ilous Plot of Pro­fes­sor Poopy­pants, Roots, and Zom­bie Bums from Uranus.

The book fair is Nel­son City Coun­cil-owned Founders Her­itage Park’s main fundrais­ing event of the year.

Knapps Lawyers part­ner Ross McKech­nie said each month, as part of the firm’s spon­sor­ship, staff vis­ited the vol­un­teers who work year-round on the fair and took them morn­ing tea. He said the firm’s spon­sor­ship would con­tinue.

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