Times Colonist Book Sale raises $189,405 for literacy

The 22nd annual Times Colonist Book Sale over the weekend brought in $189,405 — the second-highest total since it moved to the Victoria Curling Club 10 years ago.

The total included a $10,000 donation from Iain Hooey, on behalf of Golf for Kids, a fundraising tournament.

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Going into this year’s sale, the event had generated more than $5 million since it began in 1998. The money goes to literacy-related programs on Vancouver Island.

As in past years, representatives of schools and non-profit groups got to go through all unsold books and take what they wanted for free.

The 2019 sale was made possible by the efforts of about 300 volunteers. 

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