THE annual Bluff St John Book Sale is being held at the Bluff Town Hall on Gore St next weekend.
Held to raise much-needed funds for the Bluff St John Ambulance, co-ordinator Roy Horwell said there would be something for all ages and interests.
Books, including fiction and non-fiction, magazines, jigsaw puzzles, DVDs and much more were already being stockpiled and sorted for the big weekend.
However, more donations were always welcome, he said, which could be dropped off to the Bluff Library at the rear of the Bluff Service Centre on Gore St or by phoning Roy on 021 211 7424 for someone to collect them.
“Each year we get boxes of fresh contributions and hundreds of people usually attend.”
The funds were needed to support St John Ambulance service, Mr Horwell, who was also the South Island Regional Trust Board Southland representative, Bluff area committee secretary and treasurer, said.
During the 2018-2019 year, the Bluff ambulance responded to 227 calls. Of these, 31% were supported by Bluff volunteers.
Of these calls, 182 people were treated by taking them to the emergency department at Southland Hospital. Twenty-five were treated at the scene.
A brief overview of the year reported it cost $164,000 to run the ambulance service in Bluff, of which almost 72% was crown funded, just over 14% was supported by the community, 1% by corporate funding and sponsorship, leaving a gap of 13% underfunded.
The report said members of the community supported the service in a variety of ways including those who were members of the subscribers scheme, those who donated regularly, and the general public who also donated.
“So, as you can see, we do operate on a shoestring…,” he said.
The book sale had been held for about eight years, and Mr Horwell estimated about $14,000 had been raised, including about $1600 last year.
“It’s a lot of sausage sizzles.”