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Bookarama on again, call for old books

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Books, puzzles, CDs and LPs for Bookarama are being sorted in Rotary’s Ray White lock-up (kindly donated). From left to right are Garry Donoghue, Heather and John Savory.

After a two-year pause due to Covid-19, Howick Rotary’s Bookarama sale of pre-loved books, puzzles, CDs and LPs is on again at Somerville Intermediate School between October 12 and 16.

The collection and sorting of the donated items is well underway, Rotary Convenor Geoff Thompson said.

“This year’s sale promises to be the biggest yet as not only are many items rolling in following the announcement of collections starting for this year, but the club had also already accumulated a substantial quantity of books from the two previous year’s cancelled events.”

Bookarama is Howick Rotary’s largest fundraising event and requires a huge input of manpower to collect, sort and then present the books, puzzles, CDs and LPs for sale during the second week of the October school holidays.

The money raised from Bookarama is ploughed back into the community through a variety of projects including:

  • Helping needy families with food parcels.
  • Improving the environment through the Trees for Survival programme, Mangemangeroa Reserve planting and tree lights in the village.
  • Supporting heritage at the Howick Historical Village.
  • Helping young people through leadership and personal development courses.
  • Assisting local fun events.

“We are looking forward to the local community getting in behind the event again this year so if anybody has any pre-loved books, puzzles, CDs or LPs that they want to move on, please take them to one of the collection depots shown on our website or Facebook,” Thompson said.

“Or if not convenient, call me 021 740 733, Steve Lines 022 1028 332 or John Savory 029 774 6566 and we will pick them up.”

He added that if anyone has some time and would like to help in what is the club’s largest community project, they would be welcomed with open arms.

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