Rotary book sale set to be biggest yet

Chairman of the Rotary Club of Invercargill <a class=Book Sale Committee, Richard Russell, right, says the club is now working year-round to organize the sale due to high volumes of donations. He is pictured with Bob Glassey, St John Area Support Manager.” style=”width:100%;display:inline-block”/>

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Chairman of the Rotary Club of Invercargill Book Sale Committee, Richard Russell, right, says the club is now working year-round to organize the sale due to high volumes of donations. He is pictured with Bob Glassey, St John Area Support Manager.

An influx of book donations to the Rotary Club of Invercargill means this year’s book sale will be its largest yet.

Chairman of the club’s book sale committee, Richard Russell, said the annual sale took around four months to prepare but now required year-round work.

“There are probably thousands of pounds…we have between 120 and 130 boxes of bananas, full, in the basement of the Civic Theater…that would be more than we’ve ever had before,” said he declared.

More and more donations are coming from estates, as well as seniors moving into retirement homes who donate a large portion of the items that will be for sale.

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“We collect books year-round at this point, and that’s a challenge, because where do you store them all?”

Based on previous years’ sales, he expected about $30,000 in revenue to be generated during the event, which begins Thursday afternoon before the anniversary weekend of the company. queen on June 2 and runs until 2 p.m. on Sunday.

This year, the primary recipient of funds raised will be St John.

St John’s area support manager Bob Glassey said the money donated would go to the new St John Ambulance Center in Invercargill.

St John has shared premises with Fire and Emergency New Zealand since 1995 and is currently looking for a site on which to build the new hub.

“We are always very grateful for the construction funding,” he said.

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