Lions seeking books

Book loving Lions Faye Mayo and Christine Currie with some of the books donated to this year’s book fair. Photo: Daniel Hines.

Books, books, books!

The Harbour City Lions are on the hunt for books for their annual book fair, so clear out your cupboards, blow the cobwebs off your bookshelf and donate any books or puzzles that you no longer want to a good cause.

Organiser Christine Currie says: “We need good quality, clean, readable books. The sort of books you think other people might like to read, and jigsaws.”

The Tauranga club needs thousands of books to make the sale a success and raise as much money as possible, with every dollar going back to the community, says Christine.

“It’s big projects that make a significant difference. We do smaller projects, but the money from this usually goes to something significant,” she says

In the past, they have given a beach access mat to enable wheelchair users to get onto the sand, defibrillators to St John and donated funds to Riding for the Disabled.

They’ve also donated to Variety - the Children’s Charity, Hearing Dogs NZ and given $15,500 for emergency lights to the Tauranga Volunteer Fire Brigade, which are also used by police and ambulance.

Harbour City Lions president Faye Mayo says the fair has created a name for itself and people travel from as far Wellington to bag a bargain.

“We have some historical gems that come in as well,” explains Faye. “We’ve had some really interesting books.

“It’s thousands of books. It’s phenomenal and really good quality and great variety.”

The book fair started in 2007 and Christine says it has grown so much every year.

“We’re just so proud of it now,” she says.

The fair will be held at Tauranga Racecourse from Friday, November 5, until Sunday, November 7, but the work starts now.

This week until the sale, around 20 members of the club will get together twice a week to sort and categorise the books, which can be dropped off at five collections points around the city;

Harvey Norman on Cameron Road, Countdown at Bethlehem Town Centre, Wet and Forget on Chapel Street, Gilmours at Tauranga Crossing and the DIY section in Bunnings, Mount Maunganui.

All books are accepted, except magazine and encyclopaedias.

For more information call: 07 576 7105 or: 021 0645 360.

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