You’ve probably seen the signs: New Lynn Lions’ Club $1 book sales. These monthly events have been an institution for years - a great way to de-clutter the bookshelves at home, as well as pick up some bargains.
But did you know that the money raised from these book sales goes to many worthwhile causes? Annual donations are made to several worthwhile organisations: Arthritis NZ, CCS Disability Action, Blind Foundation, Asthma & Respiratory Foundation, Diabetes NZ, Piha Lifesavers Foundation, Autism NZ and Dementia Auckland to name a few.
However, they also make donations to other, more local, causes.
Avondale Feed the Streets and Avondale Community Fridge and Pantry both benefited recently from grocery and kitchen items donated by club members, and on top of that the club donated $500 worth of groceries from the book sales proceeds. Some of these items were used at their fortnightly dinners, and other went into the pantry for people to take when they were struggling to make ends meet or homeless.
At a recent book sale they also organised a grocery collection for Ronald McDonald House, with the groceries donated by members and book sale patrons delivered the same day, much appreciated by the recipients.
The New Lynn Lions’ book sale is held at the New Lynn Friendship Club Hall, 3063 Great North Road, New Lynn, usually on the third Saturday of the month (December’s is the 14th) from 8am to 4pm. All books, DVDs, CDs, LPs and jigsaw puzzles are only $1 and magazines are five for $1. Books include fiction for both children and adults, travel, sports, biographies and loads more.
Books and other items for donation can be dropped off on Thursdays between 9-11am at the hall, or on the day of the sale.