Our Christmas Book Fair, held on 28-29 November, was a great success, raising nearly $12,000 from the sale of books and together with the raffle and sausage sizzle, held in conjunction with the Book Fair, a grand total of $13,
245 was raised. This doesn’t quite make up for the missed Book Fair in May, but is still a very satisfying result.
We would like to thank all of you who donated books, for without you, there would be no Book Fair. The Club would also like to thank the Friends of Lions and the wider Helensville community. Putting together a book fair is a team effort and we would not be able to cope without the assistance we receive from our community, especially the partners, friends and relatives of Club members who were present throughout the weekend. Members from Kaukapakapa/Helensville Scouts also assisted in the setting out and cleaning up of the Hall. We also wish to thank members of the Rodney Local Board for their support and Burmester Realty for letting us use their premises as a drop off point.
All the funds raised go into the Lions Club of Helensville Charitable Trust Account and will be used in our community to assist those members or organisations in need of support, as well as into community projects such as the Riverside Walkway and Rautawhiri Park.
The books left over will be re-sorted with damaged or unsaleable books going to the Helensville Recycle Centre. Surplus children’s books go to South Auckland for distribution to less fortunate children and when there is container space, to Pacific Island schools. Other books are sold at the Lions book stall at the Kaukapakapa Market, which is held on the third Sunday of each month, and at other events run by the Lions Club of Helensville throughout the year.
The next Book Fair is our Autumn Book Fair which will be held on the last weekend of May, Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th 2021, in the Helensville War Memorial Hall. As a service to the community the Helensville Lions will start accepting books in the new year. Small amounts can be left with Burmester Realty, Commercial Road, Helensville, otherwise contact Chris at 420 8527 or any other member of the Lions Club of Helensville.