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Book lovers can find their own gifts in Alexandra in the coming new year, when the Rotary Club of Alexandra holds its 34th annual book sale on January 1-4.

The sale is one of the club’s two major fundraisers and will take place at the Community Centre in Skird St.

Committee member Barry Hambleton said the sale usually raised $20,000 to $25,000. The January 2021 sale netted a record $27,000.

From Labour Weekend, boxes for donated goods were located in service stations, Colourplus and Mitre 10 stores and at Alexandra Community House, and collections were made three times a week.

They were then taken to a warehouse provided by Pioneer Energy behind its offices in Alexandra, where volunteers sorted them by subject into wooden crates.

Fellow Rotarian Kevin MacKenzie said the main beneficiary of the New Year sale would be the Otago Rescue Helicopter Trust.

Health is of particular interest for the Rotary Club, which donated $22,000 from its other major fundraiser a Charity Dinner held in November replacing the Health Shuttle that ferries patients between Cromwell, Alexandra and Dunedin for treatments.

The club usually receives about 100 crates of books on a wide range of topics, suggesting there should be something for almost everyone at the book sale.