05 Apr 2011
Auckland Libraries, in conjunction with the New Zealand Society of Authors, hosted over 170 authors, at 32 locations across Auckland, to raise almost $5,000 for earthquake stricken Christchurch.
The funds raised, through the generosity of donations on entry, will go to the New Zealand Government Christchurch Earthquake Appeal and will assist with the rebuilding of both infrastructure and community in Christchurch.
Allison Dobbie, Manager Libraries and Information at Auckland Council, says: "The fact that we could organise such an extensive and successful fundraising event in this timeframe is testament to the relationship between authors and libraries.
"The level of donation and collaboration demonstrates the strength and generosity of the writing and reading community and their concern for colleagues and the people of Christchurch."
Among the participating authors were Emily Perkins, Tessa Duder and Kevin Ireland and included some authors from Christchurch. Authors read for between eight and 12 minutes, mostly from their own works. Despite the dreadful weather, people came along to their local libraries and everyone enjoyed themselves.
"It was the perfect mix: the Society of Authors and the libraries, and is something we would be keen to continue to develop in the future," said Maggie Tarver, CEO of the New Zealand Society of Authors.
"Our members write so that their books can be read or heard and this was a perfect opportunity to do that."
The event was well supported by the Auckland community, and was greatly received by those that attended.
"The level of support has been amazing, with some libraries raising in excess of $5000," she said.