Legacy passed on through book sale
A Southland man's final gift to the community is his love of books.
Members of Freemasons Lodge St John no 94 are busy stacking books and setting up trestle tables for the second part of a book sale from a private collection that was donated in 2016.
The first book sale, hosted by the lodge, was in October 2016.
Not long after the sale, the benefactor, a older man from Southland, died in hospital.
Lodge member and event organiser Bruce Duncan said the benefactor had been passionate about collecting books and wanted his collection to help his community.
The benefactor was a humble and reserved man, who didn't want to be named or receive any recognition for his donation, Duncan said.
"After the sale I went in and visited him, sat on his bed and told him about how much we raised. He was delighted. He died the next day."
The collection was made up of thousands of books, Duncan said.
"It has to be one of the largest private collections in Invercargill."
"Only about a third of the collection was in the sale last time."
The second part of the collection would be up for grabs at the Monster Book Sale at Masonic Hall on Saturday, March 25 and Sunday, March 26 from 9am to 5pm.
All the books included in the sale were completely fresh and had not been included in the first sale, he said.
Proceeds from the event go to the Invercargill Women's Refuge.