Volunteers call time on book sale

This month’s Y Service Club book sale will be the last of the bunch, with volunteers passing on their decades-old tradition to Bendigo Foodshare.

The club has been holding book fairs for 50 years, usually one during the Bendigo Easter Festival and one in the spring.

Over the past 25 years, $850,000 has been donated to charities and local organizations, and volunteer Colin Lambie said longtime beneficiary Bendigo Foodshare was well placed to take on the biannual sale.

“We have been a strong supporter [of Foodshare],” he said. “We looked at a number of organizations, but we know that Foodshare has 300 volunteers.

“Some of them just want to sort the food, but they might attract new people who want to come and sort the books.”

Mr Lambie said aging volunteers are the main reason the Y Service Club will no longer be hosting the event.

“The average age is now over 84, it’s hard work moving boxes of books,” he said.

“Fifty years ago, the amount collected was far from what it is today. We got about 20 times what we used to lift, it’s been very successful.

“We see it not just as a way to raise money that we donate to charity, the fact that people can come in and buy a book for 2 or 3 dollars and children’s books are 50 cents, we see that as community service.

Members of the Y Service Club will continue to hold their Christmas tree sale, but Mr Lambie said members are “aware that this is not going to last forever”.

The Spring Book Sale takes place Friday, September 23 through Sunday, September 25, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Tom Tweed Stadium on Mundy Street.

Donations are open for pre-loved books at the pre-sale stage.

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