Gigantic Book Fair
This significant annual fundraiser for our community was held between the last weekend of June and first weekend of July 2015. Good quality books continued to be donated and this year to make it easier for patrons, we grouped fiction books together by author alphabetical order.
Half of the profits go to support the North Wellington Life Education Trust. This is one of many Rotary projects to support our local community. The remainder is used for contributions to charitable causes.
Our Gigantic Book Fair has been a huge success this year, with literally thousands of books sold over the past week raising much needed funds for Life Education Trust and charity causes supported by Rotary. Gross figures for the combined 2015 weekend takings are est. $25,000, compared with approx. $20,500 gross in 2014.
Since 2003, the Rotary Club of Tawa has been running an annual book fair to raise funds for charity by collecting and offering thousands of books, DVD’s and CD’s for sale. Half of the profits go to support the North Wellington Life Education Trust. This is one of many projects to support our local community.
2014 - net proceeds from book sales was approx. $18,200. 2013 - the community contributed approx $16 000 through book sales; and books were also donated to a school in Africa. 2012 - we had five sale days that proved to be a record for the event, with over $24 000 raised in total sales of books, music and video (compared with just over $21 000 the previous year). Half the net profits go to the Life Education Trust. In 2011, we were able to give the Trust some $9500 and we were able to boost this to around $11 000 for 2012, thanks to our local community contributions and extension of sale days to meet local demand. This all goes at least some way towards paying the costs of running the Life Education Trust’s health, drug and alcohol awareness training programmes for our local children.
Tawa, Johnsonville and Plimmerton Rotary Clubs have worked together to support Life Education Trust (Wellington North). Unsold books from one book fair are transferred between clubs for other book fairs and are built up with further community book donations. .
Book Fairs are “true re-cycling operations” and all concerned are winners. The donors get rid of unwanted books, the buyers get bargains and the clubs/charities get funds – all the thousands of books sold at each fair keeping well clear of the rubbish tip.