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Book fair raises $100,000 and they are planning a 20th birthday

Aug 22nd, 2014 | By | Category: Latest News, News

BUSY CUSTOMERS: Members of the public look at the range of books. IMAGE: Matthew Mawkes

BUSY CUSTOMERS: Members of the public look at the range of books. IMAGE: Matthew Mawkes

ABOUT $100,000 has been raised in this year’s Downtown Community Ministry Book Fair in Wellington.

Online sales could increase the amount, says fair coordinator Matthew Mawkes.

About 5000 people attended over the weekend at TSB Bank Arena.

Attendance and money figures were similar to last year, when $105,000 was raised.

“Thank you so much to all the supporters, volunteers, shoppers and other friends of DCM who made it all happen again this year,” Mr Mawkes says.

“Another very special team effort, which makes it possible for DCM to continue the important work we do with vulnerable and marginalised people in our city.”

Mr Mawkes is looking forward to 2015, which is the 20th anniversary of the book fair.

Politicians who helped out at the event included Deputy Mayor Justin Lester, Cr Mark Peck, Cr Iona Pannett, Cr Nicola Young, Jack Yan, Wellington Central Green Party candidate James Shaw, Green Party co-leader Russel Norman and Wellington Central Labour Party MP Grant Roberston.

 

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