By Mick Jensen
Cumulative proceeds from community event Bookarama are set to hit the $1 million mark this year.
The popular Ashburton Rotary Club run event has grown steadily since it was first introduced 38 years ago and today it’s a roaring success and well-backed by the community.
Bookarama 2017 runs from September 25-30 in the Tancred Street sports hall and will once again feature a vast range of books, magazines, CDs, records, DVDs, jigsaws and puzzles.
Rotary members are currently sorting items and preparing to showcase piles of bargain goodies.
Event convener Bob Engelbrecht said earnings from this year’s event would take the total proceeds past the $1million mark, an impressive achievement and mighty effort from all those involved over the years.
Two dozen volunteers were currently lending a hand with sorting, but most of the club’s 64 members would be involved in helping out once the sale started.
Funds raised had supported hundreds of worthwhile community causes and projects over the years, he said.
Each year around $25,000 in prizes were given to Ashburton and Mount Hutt colleges and literacy was another key project that received support.
“It’s a lot of work for the club, and the hourly rate is not too flash for our volunteers, but all the money from Bookarama goes back into the community,” said Mr Engelbrecht.
The event raised in the region of $2000 in its first year, peaked at close to $62,000 in 2010 and last year made $58,000.
Books and other items can be dropped off at the following collection points: New World, Mobil Ashburton, Shop Canterbury, Z Tinwald, Caltex, all three ATS stores, FrameCo, Allenton Auto Centre and the old Peter Cates building.
Items can be collected by contacting the following Rotarians – Bob Engelbrecht (308 7221), Lindsay Holland (308 3201), Errol Stewart (308 9938) and John Driscoll (308 9952).