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February
Charity sale of donated books today and tomorrow
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Over 210,000 books of various types donated by the public were on sale for charity today and tomorrow (February 21 and 22) to support the Book Donation and Sale Campaign.

The campaign was jointly presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, the Home Affairs Department, the Hong Kong Housing Authority, Hongkong Post, the Community Chest of Hong Kong and the Agency for Volunteer Service with an aim to promote reading, book sharing and help the needy.

The "Sale of Donated Books" this year is being held from 10 am to 6 pm today and tomorrow at the Exhibition Gallery of the Hong Kong Central Library(HKCL), the Main Arena of the Yuen Wo Road Sports Centre and the Atrium on 5/F of the Tsz Wan Shan Shopping Centre.

Speaking at the kick-off ceremony of the Book Donation and Sale Campaign today (February 21) at the HKCL, the Permanent Secretary for Home Affairs, Ms Shelley Lee said that the campaign was indeed a very meaningful event as it served the multiple purposes of arousing public awareness in environmental protection, raising charitable funds and promoting reading habits.

Other officiating guests included the Director of Leisure and Cultural Services, Ms Anissa Wong, the Deputy Director (Allocation & Commercial) of Housing Department, Mr Yuen Tsz-chu, the Chairman of the Agency for Volunteer Service, Mr Lee Jark-pui, Committee Co-chairman of the Community Chest of Hong Kong, Mr Leo Kung, and the Deputy Postmaster General, Mrs Joanna Choi.

All books are sold at $5 each, with the proceeds to be donated to the Community Chest of Hong Kong. Members of the public are urged to bring their own bags and not to bring any books into the venues.

Crowd control measures will be implemented in the sales venues depending on the public's response. In view of limited space in the Tsz Wan Shan Shopping Centre, admission tickets with six different time slots for each sales day are available for distribution from 9.30am today and tomorrow.

The Book Donation and Sale Campaign 2004 has received an overwhelming response since the campaign was launched in January. Books collected are of various types including adult and children's fictions and reference books on different subjects.

Last year, over 20,000 people participated in the books sales with 140,000 books sold.

For enquires about the book sale, please call 2921 0221.

Ends/Saturday, February 21, 2004
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