Great Ban­don Book Give­away is an over­whelm­ing suc­cess for the com­mu­nity

Irish Examiner - County - - News - Áilín Quin­lan

An es­ti­mated 500 books were given away for free as part of a spe­cial free book day in Ban­don, with many more do­nated to GP’s surg­eries and the lo­cal com­mu­nity hospi­tal.

Mem­bers of the pub­lic were pleas­antly sur­prised to be of­fered free books — ev­ery­thing from pop­u­lar fic­tion to au­to­bi­ogra­phies, his­tory and other sub­jects — at var­i­ous points around thje town by some 21 stu­dents from the lo­cal Hamil­ton High sec­ond-level school.

“The feed­back was very good although it took a while for some peo­ple to re­alise that the books were ac­tu­ally free, they re­ally en­gaged with it and some peo­ple took loads of books away with them — we also asked peo­ple to get books for other peo­ple and to pass them on to them,” says or­gan­iser Tom McCleary.

He’s a lo­cally-based mem­ber of the world­wide group, Ideal­ist.org which, in re­cent months, has been pick­ing one day ev­ery month on which to run a spe­cial lo­cal com­mu­ni­ty­ori­en­tated event.

The Book Give­away, which ran from 10am to 2pm on Wed­nes­day Oc­to­ber 10 (Ideal­ist 10/10) was the lat­est of a num­ber of such events which have taken place in the town, and books were do­nated by the lo­cal Men’s Sheds group as well as St Michael’s Cen­tre and many in­di­vid­ual donors.

“It was very suc­cess­ful and we will do some­thing like that again, hope­fully. The stu­dents seemed to en­joy the ex­pe­ri­ence,” said Mr McCleary, who said he will be vis­it­ing the school to dis­cuss the pos­si­bil­ity of hold­ing a sim­i­lar com­mu­nity-re­lated event next month.

This was the lat­est series of such events.

Last month, for ex­am­ple, Sun­day Septem­ber 9, a spe­cial event called Ideal­ist 09/09 saw 30 Ban­don res­i­dents from the Philip­pines, Egypt, Poland, and Hun­gary come to­gether with Ir­ish peo­ple to show­case the dif­fer­ent na­tion­al­i­ties in the town.

A ban­ner car­ry­ing the words “Ban­don Build­ing Bridges, Not Walls” was sus­pended from the bridge.

Ideal­ist.org picks a date ev­ery month on which to or­gan­ise a com­mu­nity-ori­en­tated event, ex­plained Mr McCleary, a mem­ber of the group based in the Ban­don. in a

Co-or­di­na­tor Tom McCleary at the Ban­don Men’s Shed on Weir St Ban­don.

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