Goods piling in for Bookarama

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Photo: Rotary Club of Ashburton members Doug Buchanan, left, and Lindsay Holland, right, have been involved with Bookarama since it first began in 1980. Bryce Elvy, centre, is the club's newest member and its youngest by far at 25.

The books and puzzles are piling up for sorting and the stage is being set for another bumper Bookarama event.

The long-running Rotary Club of Ashburton fundraiser has raised well over $1million in its 38-year history.

The 39th event opens at the Tancred Street Sports Hall on September 24 and runs until September 29.

Once again it will feature aisles galore of sorted books and tables stacked with jigsaw puzzles and CDs.

Rotarian and event co-ordinator David Mead said all club members lent a hand to make the lucrative fundraiser the success it was.

Many man hours went into preparing for Bookarama, he said.

Rotarians were helping to sort books in the old Cates building on West street, where books and other items could be dropped off.

Other collection points were Allenton Auto Centre, Caltex Ashburton, Z Tinwald, Mobil, FrameCo, Shop canterbury, all three Rural Co locations and PGG Wrightson, Methven.

Mr Mead said with the closing of a local puzzle club, a large number of jigsaws had been donated this year.

The team sorting items was using a forklift for the first time to take boxes off a delivery truck and to take the pressure off ageing arms and knees.

Sorted items will be taken to the Sports Hall the week before Bookarama to be set up.