Those responsible for running the Combined Kapiti Lions Monster Bookfair can now regain their collective breaths after a job well done, and will now gather strength for the 2012 effort, says spokesman Joe Franklin.
Organising committee chairman Peter Cresswell said he’s confident the outcome will be similar to the last several years of some $40,000.
“While accounts have yet to be paid, the net profit should bring the total the Combined Lions Clubs have been able to give away since 1998, to $400,000,” he said. “Differences this year included also opening on Sunday morning and while takings were similar to the previous one-dayers, the pace was more comfortable and those unable to attend on Saturday enjoyed the chance to stock up on the coming year’s reading.
“Another feature was the more relaxed back room where people enjoyed browsing the superior quality books away from the busier main hall.”
Peter said the Bookfair involved a huge tally of volunteer hours by Lions who sorted, priced and packed donated books. This includes the time other Lions spent over the past six months clearing books each day from the drop off points around the retail sectors and ferrying them to the storage depot.
The Thursday before the fair Lions, assisted by workers from the Paraparaumu Community Work Centre, trucked in more than 2,000 cartons of books from the Otaihanga packing venue to the Waikanae Community Hall and in the afternoon, assisted by students from Paraparaumu College, Lions set out the hall ready for the sale.
“None of this could happen without the wonderful support we always receive from the Kapiti Community who each year give their books away to make this all possible. We are extremely grateful and as always, we will make sure that worthwhile local organisations benefit from their generosity and our labours,” Peter said.
Proceeds from the Bookfair will be distributed at the Waikanae Lions Club’s “Summer Holiday Meeting” on Thursday 12 January 2012 at the Senior Citizens Hall, Utauta St, Waikanae. Lions and friends are invited to attend this popular event, which includes a meal, an entertaining guest speaker and the presentations. Recipients will be the Aquatic Centre Trust, June Oakley Memorial Trust, Kapiti Youth Support, Kapiti Retirement Trust, Malaghan Institute of Medical Research, Gillies McIndoe Research Institute and Youth Quest.
Photo above right: Sunday morning shoppers enjoy the opportunity to browse on the second sale day. Book lovers queued well before the doors opened at 8am on the Saturday to grab the bargains and again on Sunday morning.
Photo above: Kapiti Lions Tom Lyons (left) and Ross Hodges dealing with the empty cartons.