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February
The sale of donated books to promote reading

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Over 200 000 books of various types donated by the public were on sale for charity today and tomorrow (February 15 and 16) to support the Book Donation & Sale Campaign, which is organised by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, the Home Affairs Department, 18 District Councils, the Community Chest of Hong Kong, Hongkong Post and the Agency for Volunteer Service.

Speaking at the kick-off ceremony, the Permanent Secretary for Home Affairs, Ms Shelley Lee said that the public libraries had all along been committed to promote reading by encouraging the public to make profitable use of their leisure time to read more books and a wide range of promotional activities were organised to enable people of different ages and backgrounds to share the joy of reading.

She pointed out that the Book Donation & Sale Campaign was a very meaningful event to promote good reading habits and environmental protection awareness in the community.

Other officiating guests at the kick-off ceremony included the Acting Director of Leisure and Cultural Services, Miss Choi Suk-kuen, Deputy Postmaster General, Mr Allan Chiang, Chairman of General Donations / Special Events Organising Committee of the Community Chest of Hong Kong, Mr Leroy Kung, Chairman of the Agency for Volunteer Service, Mr Lee Jark-pui and the Chairman of Tuen Mun District Council, Mr Lau Wong-fat.

In view of the enthusiastic response of the public last year, the book sale this year is being extended to two days held from 10 am to 6 pm on Saturday and Sunday at the Hong Kong Central Library Exhibition Gallery and the Sha Tin Town Hall Exhibition Gallery.

All books are sold at $5 each with the proceeds donated to the Community Chest of Hong Kong. To be environmentally friendly, the public is also encouraged to bring along their own bags to carry the books.

A number of individuals and corporate donors have donated large quantity of books, since the collection exercise started on January 2, among which Sesame Publication Co. Ltd. and the Walt Disney Company (Asia Pacific) Limited have each donated over 10 000 books.

To better utilise the donated books, the organisers have arranged after the book sale for representatives of schools to select suitable unsold books for school library use. Other books left will be donated to various charitable organisations.

End/Saturday, February 15, 2003

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