PATIENCE was rewarded for the children who had lined up at the Invercargill Library to receive a free comic book in May as part of the Free Comic Book Day.
An international event held one day each year, millions of comics were given away free worldwide to encourage literacy, Next Rotary Generation member and comic book giveaway co-organiser Leon Hartnett said.
Although more than 400 people turned up on the allocated day, there were only a limited number of comic books available because of delivery issues, which resulted in Plan B, he said.
Rather than disappoint the children and families, they were able to order their preferred books, giving their school details, so when they arrived, the books could be delivered to their school, he said.
And as a bonus, the school which had the most people turn up on the day would also receive free ice cream for the entire school, courtesy of the Comic Book Day sponsor Mee & Henry Law Ltd.
Last Thursday, a Mr Whippy ice cream van turned up at Donovan Primary School, which was the winning school with 70 entries, to whip up more than 440 ice creams, including dairy-free and gluten-free ice creams, for the pupils and teachers.
Asked how much the giveaway, including the ice creams, had cost, Mee & Henry Law director Liz Henry said it was “priceless”.
“Ice cream is always exciting, but when you look at the value comic books add to literacy, it is priceless.”
Mr Hartnett said most of the comic books had been delivered to the various schools throughout Southland and West Otago.
“It has been a pleasure to do this in conjunction with Mee & Henry Law… and we appreciate everyone’s patience and the reach the comic books had throughout Southland.
“We are now looking forward to next year’s Free Comic Book Day.”