This is our major fundraising project and has been held annually for over 13 years. The project normally runs from March to April (sometimes May depending on the timing of the local school holidays and public holidays).

It involves the donations of Books, Jigsaws, CD’s, Vinyl Records and DVD’s by members of the Christchurch Community,

Our members, partners and friends of rotary will then collect, sort and pack ready for the sale event which is either 3 or 4 days in duration.

Over the six weeks prior, over 60,000 fliers and road signs will have been distributed to advertise not only the sale, but also the donation of goods.

On the days immediately prior, it’s a real pressure cooker to get the venue set up with the required tables, and to roll in all the books and other items in time for the opening.

Opening day is busy, busy, busy with queues forming before the doors have opened. If you have been one of those people waiting in the past  – we thank you for your patience.

During the event we continue to restock the tables usually overnight or early morning for the next day’s sale.

At the conclusion of the sale, its a big effort to remove the unsold items to storage, take down the tables and return the venue to the way it was.  This is why sometimes we have to close the sale at the advertised time to meet our venue commitments.

And then we start the exciting challenge of planning a new project.

Planning is currently underway for Bookarama 2019 which will again be held at the

Bishopdale YMCA Recreation Centre

26th to 28th April 2019

Bookarama would not be so successful without support from others in the local community.

Thanks to the following organisations who donated their services for free or discounted rate for Bookarama 2018:

Copyprint – printing of flyers
Clarkson Signs – road sign manufacture
Waste Management – collection bins
Envirowaste – paper reclaim service
Royal Wolf Containers – container hire
Bishopdale Scouts – sorting facilities
Christchurch STAR Newspaper – event advertising
Harewood, Westburn, Roydvale, Isleworth and Breens Schools – table hire
Riccarton Horticultural Society – table hire
NZ Express Transport – container transport
Marshall Brown Advertising – radio advertising
Thomson Nurseries – container storage
Christchurch City Council – Road Occupation Permits
TOTALPos – cash register and EFTpos machines
Eco Drop – waste recycling service

and the following organisations that allowed us to use their premises for our collection bins:

New World, Bishopdale
New World,  Ilam
New World, Northwood
Raeward Fresh, Tower Junction
Fresh Choice, Merivale Mall
Pak N Save, Northlands
Super Value, Fendalton Village
Caltex, Russley Road
Caltex, Avonhead
Caltex, Redwood
Z Energy, Bishopdale
Z Energy, Burnside
Z Energy, Bryndwr
Z Energy, Carlton Corner
Mobil, Riccarton Road
BP, Bush Inn
BP, Fendalton
BP, Papanui
BP, Edgeware

Bookarama Success continues for Bishopdale-Burnside Rotary Club

By Lucy Scannell

For the Bishopdale-Burnside Rotary club, their 13th annual Bookarama proved yet again to be a huge success. But, the club aren’t the ones who benefit from the money raised.

From the CTV Series showcasing Rotary in Canterbury – this segment highlights Bookarama which at the time was lead by former member Roger Holmes.