Like reading? Like helping out a good cause?
Well this month, you can do both. From Friday 14 to Wednesday 19 August, Save The Children will be holding a book sale at UWA, selling a vast array of high-quality donated books in popular and specialist categories, as well as CDs, DVDs, LPs and sheet music – all at bargain prices! (Further details at the end of this article).
Save The Children is one of Australia’s largest child-focused aid agencies, and has been running for over 90 years. With programmes in 29 countries, its aim is to protect vulnerable children in poverty and crisis-stricken parts of the world from harm, and provide them with access to education and health services. Donations enable it to support mobile clinics, remote health posts and hospitals, ensuring these children can receive crucial healthcare, receive life-saving vaccinations, and see trained medical professionals no matter where they are. Save The Children plays a leading role in helping them and their families, both when disaster strikes, and through long-term development initiatives.
The WA branch runs its own programmes in the Perth Metro Area, including offering Aboriginal support services. It also has several bookshops around the city, operating based on donated books, which they then resell at very low prices. Books may be donated to:
Shenton Park Depot: Corner of Underwood Ave and Brockway Rd, Shenton Park. Open all hours or leave books on verandah
East Victoria Park Depot: Unit 8/18 Milford St, East Victoria Park, Monday – Tuesday 9am – 12pm, excluding public holidays
I recently interviewed WA Branch Co-ordinator, Sonia Holmes, to find out a bit more about the Book Sale, and what Save The Children does here at a local level in Perth:
What does your role as WA Branch Co-ordinator at Save The Children involve?
I co-ordinate 11 branches (groups of volunteers) who fundraise on behalf of Save the Children.
Where will the Save The Children Book Sale proceeds be going?
The proceeds support local programmes within WA and also overseas current appeals.
How often is the Book Sale held?
Annually and it is the 51st year this sale has been held at University of WA!!
Apart from the Book Sale, what other activities is Save The Children involved in across Perth?
In my department (Community Fundraising), they hold morning teas, bridge days and movie fundraisers.
How many volunteers do you currently having working for you in Perth?
On a regular basis approx. 200, but when the sale is on the numbers increase immensely.
If people in Perth want to sign up to become volunteers, how should they go about it?
Contact me on 08 9267 3925 or our head office on 08 9267 3900, and at the Book Sale we have forms they can fill out to volunteer. We are always looking for groups of people to do fundraising for us and to help fund our locally run programmes.
University Branch 2015 Book Sale for Save The Children
University of Western Australia, Stirling Highway, Crawley (under the Clock Tower)
Friday 14 Aug, 5pm – 9pm
Saturday 15 August, 6am – 6pm
Sunday 16 August, 8am – 6pm
Monday 17 August, 9.30am – 7pm
Tuesday 18 August, 9.30am – 8.30pm
Wednesday 19 August, 9.30am – 3pm
Save The Children WA Branch:
08 9267 3900
Save The Children Australia