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The Thames Valley Zonta Club Bookarama. File photo: KELLEY TANTAU

Thames Bookarama back for 2022

Free of any Covid-19 restrictions, the organisers behind Thames Valley’s Bookarama have their fingers crossed that this year’s event will be bigger than ever.
The Thames Valley Zonta Club’s annual fundraiser, which helps projects locally, nationally, and internationally, will see hundreds of books for sale at St James Church in Thames later this month.
Last year, the club raised $4300, and president Rose Ward said the funds went to community initiatives, such as grants for new midwives in the Thames area, and the club’s bi-annual Women’s Study Award.
They have also supported Grandparents Raising Grandchildren in the area, she said.
“We hope it will be even bigger than last year. In 2021, masks were still a requirement, so we are pleased people can browse the books without a mask.”
Founded in 1919 in the USA, Zonta International has 30,000 members in 1200 clubs across 67 countries. Members volunteer their time to support women and girls in their local communities, run projects in many parts of the world to improve the lives of women, and advocate on women’s issues at all levels of society.
In New Zealand, Zonta has been active for 50 years, and has 28 clubs from Northland to Otago.
The Thames Valley club has been operating for at least 25 years.
Books are still needed to fill the St James Church Hall, so Rose has asked for any donations of books to be dropped off at the ANZ on Pollen St or the Treasury on Queen St, up until October 14.
DETAILS: Zonta Bookarama in Thames, Friday, October 21 (9am – 5pm) and Saturday, October 22 (9am – 3pm) at St James Church hall, Pahau St, Thames. All welcome. Enquiries to Althea on 027 217 9222.