Fighting poverty by the book

ocean grove oxfam groupRHONDA MATHESON-BROWNE

Bookworms can purchase newly released books and raise funds for a worthwhile cause when Ocean Grove Uniting Church hosts a biannual book sale.

For the past four decades, a group of Ocean Grove locals have driven fundraising efforts to alleviate poverty in overseas communities.

Ocean Grove Uniting Church members Lyn Mulligan, Joan Calcutt, Barry Calcutt and Pat Reed are part of the local Oxfam group, which has raised a total of $132,000 from sales of the books over the 20 years to combat famine, malnutrition and injustice. The Ocean Grove Oxfam group will continue this tradition at the local Uniting Church on Saturday 24 June when they host their book sale at the church hall from 9am–1pm.

All books are new and will be sold at one third of the recommended retail price.

As Mrs Mulligan explained, the four friends are also members of the church’s Justice and International Mission group, so their involvement with the sale enables them to wear two hats.

“For 25 years we have been holding this book sale on the last Saturday of June and again on the last Saturday of November,” Mrs Mulligan said.

“The literary editors of major Victorian newspapers have been Oxfam supporters and have donated books reviewed by them to the Oxfam Ocean Grove group.”

The Ocean Grove church hall is located on the corner of Eggleston Street and the Parade. For more information about the book sale, contact Lyn Mulligan on 52552638.

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