Perth bookworms rescue Save the Children from watery disaster

Save the Children depot staff lost a significant amount of stock when a water main burst in July. Thousands of books had to be dumped after the flood.

Flood forces charity to cancel fundraiser supporting Perth kids

The local branch of youth charity Save the Children are on their way to a full recovery after a burst water main damaged their East Victoria Park depot in July.

On Tuesday, staff and volunteers began setting up for an impromptu garage sale of donated books – to be held in the restored depot – to raise money for programs to help migrant and refugee children.

Volunteer coordinator Sonia Holmes said while they had missed out on their annual five-day book sale at Canning Exhibition Centre, the public’s generosity had allowed them to hold a smaller charity drive.

“The depot has been running red hot since the minute people heard they could donate,” Ms Holmes said.

“I keep the books here at the office, but now what’s happened is people have been ringing up because they want to come buy books to support us.”

She said they had been “inundated with books” and had huge volunteer support following the flood.

“I cannot thank everyone enough. You just don’t realise how much people care, and how good they are until it comes to such a disaster. People really came to help us,” Ms Holmes said.

Save the Children uses the charity drive to fund their It Takes a Village program, which it sustained with funds from a book sale at UWA in August.

While the insurance repayments are yet to be finalised, Ms Holmes praised the Water Corporation’s  commitment to cover the cost of flood damage.

“They told us to let them know if we have any out of pocket expenses and have been touching base constantly to make sure everything is being sorted out,” she said.

The book sale will be held in October 24 at the Save the Children depot on Milford Street in East Victoria Park.

Donations of books are still being accepted and can be taken to either the East Victoria Park depot or one in Shenton Park.  Follow WAtoday on Twitter

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