Book sale beats target despite weather

IAIN SCOTT
Last updated 12:00 04/06/2014

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The annual Red Cross book sale exceeded its target this year, but wet weather kept customer numbers and revenue lower than last year.

A target of $100,000 in sales set ahead of the three-day book sale had been reached, volunteer co-ordinator Ann Atkinson said yesterday.

"That would be the target. There'd be a bit more than that. We haven't got final figures yet, but a couple of thousand down on what we raised last year."

Last year's sale raised about $109,000 gross.

"It's still successful in that that's $100,000 for the causes."

Some of the money is to go into national coffers to bolster crisis funds for disasters such as Cyclone Haiyan and the Christchurch earthquakes, and to support the Meals On Wheels service.

Locally, funds are spread between the Red Cross curtain bank, Refugee Services, and the first aid courses Save A Life and People Saver, which is taken to schools.

Atkinson thought the heavy rain during the period, May 23-25, may have kept some people from going to the sale.

"That could have been a factor. I don't know what was on around town at the same time but last year the jazz festival was on and there might have been people that were in town for the jazz festival and popped along to the book sale."

However, she was pleased the sale had brought in more than its target.

"Any money that we can raise is good."

Preparations will soon be under way for next year's sale, which is the organisation's 25th in Palmerston North.

The event has come a long way since the first sale under a shelter in the pouring rain in 1990, when organisers were thrilled to make $1000.

At this year's sale, held in Barber Hall, there were more than 100,000 books for sale, as well as magazines, posters, DVDs, CDs, sheet music, puzzles, games, and other items.

"We're analysing what went well and what didn't go well," Atkinson said.

The branch committee was responsible for the sale and elections for that body would take place at the end of next month.

"At the moment it's just the putting away of the things, tying up loose ends and thanking people, all that kind of thing.

"Part of that is preparing how the books are stored and categorised," Atkinson said.

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