The Autumn Book Fair held last weekend, in conjunction with Kaipara Coast Guard, was a great success. A record total of $15,803 was raised from the sale of books and adding in the proceeds from the raffle and sausage sizzle, a grand total of $17,104 was made. This sum will be given to the Kaipara Coast Guard and will go towards the building of a Marine Rescue Centre in Parakai.
Thank you to all who donated so many high quality books, without you there would be no Book Fair. Thanks especially to the partners of Club members who were with us all weekend, students from Kaipara College who helped in the set up on Friday, members of the Kaukapakapa/Helensville Scouts who assisted in packing up and cleaning the Hall on Sunday. Throughout the weekend we were also assisted by members of the Kaipara Coast Guard. 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. We also wish to thank Phelan Pirrie and the members of the Rodney Local Board for their support and Burmester Realty for letting us use their premises as a drop off point.
A special mention to the lady who brought the team hot chocolate drinks early on Sunday morning, thank you it was much appreciated.
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 shipping 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 Christmas Book Fair which will be held on the last weekend of November, Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th, in the Helensville War Memorial Hall.
As a service to the community the Helensville Lions will accept books throughout the 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.