Words & photo: Geoff Lewis

Despite massive in-roads of technology, the traditional book still has many fans and book fairs continue to be a key source of revenue for community service groups including East Hamilton Lions.

The group will host another of its regular book fairs as part of the Waikato Show this April.

Member and book fair organiser, John Mayo, said the group holds its main fair at Peachgrove Intermediate School in July where it generates between $10,000 and $20,000.

The group has donated to causes including Blue Light ventures, a police-based initiative which works with children and young people. Last year the earnings went to supporting the House of Grace, a Wellington-based organisation which supports teenagers through pregnancy and the early stages of motherhood, which recently purchased a house in Hamilton. This year it plans to support suicide intervention group Lifeline Aotearoa.

The East Hamilton Lions’ Waikato Show Book Fair, is a smaller but no-less welcomed event, which raises about $2000 towards its work in the community.

”We collect books all year round and we’re never short. We can often get through 200-300 banana box-fulls at a fair,” Mayo said.

Hamilton has eight Lions Clubs and world-wide the organisation has about four million members.

East Hamilton Lions holds two meetings each month; a dinner meeting on the second Monday of the month, at the Campus Club at Ruakura and a business meeting at the Waimarie Community House, on the fourth Monday of the month. Anyone interested should first call membership chair Glenys Morrow 07 855 7021.

The East Hamilton Lions Book Fair can be experienced at the Waikato Show April 7-9 at Claudelands Events Centre.

Photo caption: John Mayo immersed in books.

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