Gooseberry Hill resident helps organise annual Save the Children Book Sale

Charlotte the book sale mascot.
Rob Rippingale, Toni Crossland, “Charlotte”, Jane Zandi and Anthea Fellowes says there are books for all tastes and wallets at the annual Save the Children UWA book sale.
Charlotte the book sale mascot. Rob Rippingale, Toni Crossland, “Charlotte”, Jane Zandi and Anthea Fellowes says there are books for all tastes and wallets at the annual Save the Children UWA book sale.

GOOSEBERRY Hill’s Anthea Fellows is helping to drive a book sale to raise funds for Save the Children programs.

The annual Save the Children UWA Branch Book sale is on from August 18 to 23 and this year features new categories within the 100,000 books on offer.

A rare collection of more than 200 Folio Society Books, carefully crafted editions of the world’s finest literature, were donated to the branch.

These books along with car manuals, postcards, bookmarks and vintage recipe booklets and plant identification books – genres not usually included in the sale – will be available in the ‘Pop Out Sale’ in the Winthrop Hall Foyer on Saturday, August 20 from 7.15am to 5pm and Sunday, August 21 from 8am to noon.

Ms Fellows, president of the University Branch of Save the Children, said that anyone can find a book as the prices start at 50 cents.

“The University Branch of Save the Children is really proud of its fundraising achievements over 53 years,” she said.

“We are delighted that this massive book sale allows us to sell good quality books at great prices, and also spread the word about the work Save the Children does.

“70 per cent of funds raised will go to programs here in WA in areas like Armadale, Gosnells, Kununurra and the Dampier Peninsula. The remaining funds are distributed across other programs run by Save the Children in Australia and across the world.”

The book sale is run by one staff member, 60 branch volunteers and another 150 volunteers including UWA students recruited to help with the six-day fundraiser.

This year volunteers spent over 40 hours to create a new member of the team – their ambassador ‘Charlotte’, made of books and paper.

She is expected to be a drawcard for book lovers of all ages and will be on display throughout the sale.

Anyone interested in volunteering to help the book sale can email booksalevolunteers381@gmail.com.