Hospice shares its books with charity

KERRY GALLAGHER
Last updated 05:00 26/02/2013
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BOOKS BOOST: Christine Sanderson of Warkworth Wellsford Hospice reading a book to Michael Dixon and Snow, the rescued cockatoo, of The Animal Sanctuary.

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One charitable organisation is helping another with its annual fundraiser and books are the medium.

A book fair for Matakana's Animal Sanctuary will be held in Mt Eden on April 13 and Warkworth Wellsford Hospice is helping to find about 7000 good quality used books.

The sanctuary was founded by husband and wife team Michael Dixon and Shawn Bishop and is a haven for abused or neglected animals.

When Christine Sanderson from Warkworth Wellsford Hospice saw a flier about the book fair, she took note.

The hospice has a garage sale every week which nets a lot of books.

So she offered to donate two boxes of books every week to the sanctuary's cause.

Mrs Bishop is delighted that the fundraiser is getting such a boost.

"We turned up to get two boxes and it's been more like five or eight or 10 boxes every week. It's just been a windfall for us - it's been so sweet," Mrs Bishop says.

"We call the book sale happy endings and our little byline is that a lot of these animals have a terribly sad story but your used book can give them a happy ending.

"It's just funny that hospice which helps humans with their endings is now giving animals a happy ending."

However the Animal Sanctuary's cause fits well with hospice's own need to offload the books and so Mrs Sanderson, who is hospice's garage sale team leader, modestly dismisses the gratitude.

"We have an ulterior motive, of course. We have too many books."

Hospice supports about 20 community organisations and helps others having book sales such as Rotary in Orewa and the Puhoi Library.

Mrs Sanderson says hospice gets so many books that after the best quality ones have been selected for the hospice shop, and others get sold in the garage sales, many are given away to or recycled.

"Somebody gave us about 60 cartons about three or four weeks ago. We're busy going through them," Mrs Sanderson says.

The animal sanctuary aims to collect about 7000 good quality used books and Mrs Bishop says more are always welcome. In Rodney, they can be donated at Paper Plus stores in Warkworth and Orewa.

Volunteers to sort the books and help at the fair are also sought.

The Memorial Hall in Mt Eden has been hired for the book fair which will be held on April 13 at from 8am to 3pm.

The Warkworth Hospice Shop is on Argyle Angle on Queen St, but the garage sales are held every Wednesday at Hospice House in Woodcock's Rd.

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