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Cover story...Gore Pakeke Lions Club members Douglas Dixey (left) and Dave Bathard sort through the magazines that will be on available to buy at the club’s book sale this year. PHOTO: SANDY EGGLESTON

Many events have been shelved this year, but not the Gore Pakeke Lions Club book sale.

The annual sale is usually held in August each year in the Hokonui Pavilion at the Gore A&P Showgrounds.

Co-ordinator Douglas Dixey said the sale was scheduled to take place at the end of August, a week later than usual.

“It should be good to go ahead,” Mr Dixey said, having anticipated the country’s move to Covid-19 Alert Level 1.

During the lockdown Mr Dixey had had a good supply of books to read.

“I had my own personal library.”

Although no books had been dropped off during the lockdown period, a good number were sorted and packed ready for the sale, especially children’s books.

However, he would welcome more items for the sale.

“What we are after is magazines, DVDs and CDs not videos puzzles.”

The morning was the best time to drop items off.

“In the weekends they can be put inside the main shed.”

The event has been held for about 30 years, and many community groups had benefited from the proceeds.

About $20,000 was raised annually and last year a paved courtyard, seating and canopy were installed outside the Gore Hospital family room.

Youth projects would likely benefit this year, he said.

The Gore Pakeke Lions Club book sale will be held in the Hokonui Pavilion on Thursday, August 27 at 6pm to 9pm, Friday, August 28, 9am to 8pm, and on Saturday, August 29, 9am to noon.