Victorian bush-fire book donation
South Australians collecting books for victims of the Victorian bush fires

Feb
22

Stacking pallets doneIt was a long day and we did all we wanted to accomplish today. With the help of Alex and Mark, we have repacked all remaining books into bigger boxes, which are ideal for the pallets. Two trips to Dogridge and with the help of Fred we now have filled six (yes 6) pallets to the max, ready to go tomorrow.

Booth Transport will pick them up and will send them to Brumby Books warehouse in Kilsyth tomorrow and we hope they will be ready for us on Wednesday. The book donation trailer is currently half filled with boxes, so we have a little space for Eckhart Tolle’s books when we arrive Tuesday. Tomorrow morning we will finish packing the car and we hope to leave Willunga between 8 and 9 am.

Feb
21

The influx of books has been really overwhelming today. Edwin finished picking up all drop off boxes and got another trailer load brought in to sort out. We should mention the great help of Sue and Doug of the Green Room in Willunga for collecting so many boxes full of books. Petra and Alex have been working very hard today and filled 17 large boxes, for another 3 pallets. We will have a total of six or seven pallets full of boxes with books. We have no idea how many books that will be but a very rough estimate is between 15,000 and 20,000 books; many children’s books, few large (and very heavy) boxes with magazines and many many adult books. Plenty for everyone and a very diverse range of books.

Saturday late afternoon sorting by Alex

Saturday late afternoon sorting by Alex

Thanks everyone who donated books, it has been amazing!

We will continue and finish all sorting tomorrow and will organise the pallets as well tomorrow. The remaining boxes will be loaded in the trailer for us to take to Victoria. We will be travelling all day Monday and make camp somewhere outside Melbourne. Tuesday morning we hope to be able to pickup some of the new books from Brumby’s warehouse and then travel to the South East where we will distribute the first load of books.

Feb
21
First pallet with boxes being stacked

First pallet with boxes being stacked

Yesterday early in the morning Fred and Edwin started putting the big boxes on palletts. We already filled three pallets and have one more left for now.

Late afternoon we collected most donations boxes at the businesses who are not open on Saturdays. Later this morning we make our last round and collect the remaining drop off boxes.

Raine & Horne in Meadows

Raine & Horne in Meadows

The result of yesterday’s collections is that our re-packing area is completely full now, the amount of books donated is overwhelming. Just to mention some of the special efforts; Willunga Library who had around 20 boxes waiting for us and Raine & Horne in Meadows, thanks to Gary, who on his own has done a letter drop to every house in Meadows and collected 30+ boxes with books; half his shopfront was filled, see for yourself.

 Today we’ll spent most of the day resorting and repacking the books collected, so we can ship these to Dogridge for transport on the truck with Booth Transport on Monday.
Feb
20

We will leave Monday and we need a little bit of time to organise our trip on Sunday, so we have to say to everyone:

Today, Friday, will be the last day you can drop off books at the listed drop off point.

Late this afternoon and tomorrow we will start collecting the drop off boxes in the area. Every box, which have  been sorted and repacked will be shipped to Dogridge Winery, to our staging area 2, so we can put them all on pallets for shipment Monday to Victoria by Booth Transport. Last night we transported the first load and now we will be on our way to drop the second and last load to Dogridge.

Feb
19

Last two days have been quiet on this blog, but not in our place!

Books keep on streaming in and we probably have 20 or 30 more boxes. It is hard to count all these books, but definitely there are now more than 10,000 in our staging area. Edwin and Fred now started organising the transport to the Melbourne area. One challenge at a time is what the Zen master said. 

Our books wholesaler, Brumby Books and Music, www.brumbybooks.com.au, have kindly supported us from the beginning and now will provide us with some extra storage space in their warehouse in Kilsyth South, near the Dandenong ranges, which is an excellent location for the distribution to the affected areas. Yesterday I found a message in my inbox from the managing director of Hay House, Leon: call me, which I did. He had heard of our efforts and donated many more new books for the people who need them very much right now. We are overwhelmed by your generosity, thank you. Please visit them on www.hayhouse.com.au .

While typing this blog, Fred called me: Transport arranged! The manager of Booth Transport (www.boothtransport.com), Cameron, very kindly offered to transport pallets full of boxes with books from South Australia to Victoria. We are definitely going Monday morning!

Our next challenge is the distribution, done some calling around, but we leave that till tomorrow. Tonight we’ll have to move all the boxes from our staging area at VANREE Software Consultancy to Dogridge and put them on the pallets; they have a forklift to get these pallets in the truck.

Feb
17

The boys and girls have been working very hard yesterday and Petra and Rebecca finished the sorting this morning.

Our employee, Josh Hagger, arrived this morning with his car completely loaded with books, he collected yesterday from the drop off locations in Christies Beach. These books have been processed as well.

We use our garage as staging area for boxes ready to go, the result of all sorting up to 12:00 Tuesday is:

Staging area in the garage

Staging area in the garage

Feb
16

You probably have the same question as we had; how are we going to distribute the books in Victoria?

The idea is simple, we are completely self-sufficient, have our own tent, solar panels, food and good spirit with us. We probably can spent one day at each temporary camp where the home-less people are and give away as many books as people like to take, so they will have something to read while they deal with their loss and grief. Most of the books will be shipped by truck to a warehouse, so we will ferry between the warehouse and potential drop-off locations. We also would like to donate the book “A New Earth” to everyone of the support and emergency relief personel who is interested to take a copy home. As how this idea has started, we will be totally guided by the Universe and we continue to live in the Now. We are very sure we will get as much help there as we will need. We are very grateful.

Feb
16

We all finished sorting the books for today and nearly done all the boxes, so a little has to be done tomorrow, which Petra and Rebecca will do. This was an awsome day again, soooooooo many good quality books we have seen and many boxes with children books. Our very rough estimate is that we have at least 7,000 books, but maybe already more than 10,000 donated books!!!

With still 4 to 5 days to go with collecting we might even have as many as 15,000 book before we leave on our journey. Saturday must be the last day we can collect books from the drop-off locations, because we need a bit of time to sort these gifts out and get them ready for transport. We hope to be able to send most of the packed boxes on pallettes this week, so they will be ready for us to pick-up in Melbourne next week.

Thanks again, Alex and Mark Gaston, Rebecca Gould for being such a good help today, love you!

Feb
16

Alex, Petra and Mark started sorting and repacking the book this afternoon. Rebecca Gould from across the road just walked in to lend them a hand, thanks for that!

First sorting of books

First sorting of books

From left to right, Rebecca, Petra, Alex & Mark sweating away at 32 degrees outside.

During lunch Edwin made a round trip to McLaren Vale visitor center to pick up heaps of books, then Sue of the Green Room called to pickup big suitcases full of books and The Waldorf School in Willunga, where Natasha in the library had many boxes full of books. We listened to Natasha last Saturday night in the Singing Gallery in McLaren Vale, where she had her successful first CD launch; Good on you Tash, keep making beautiful music!

It looks like we passed the capacity of the book donation trailer already by far, that is fabulous! We will truck the excess load as soon as possible to a warehouse in Melbourne and we will be stacking the boxes on pallettes soon.

Feb
16

Yesterday the book donation trailer was located before the Singing Gallery in McLaren Vale and we collected around 10 more boxes filled with books. It was a wonderful day for us to be in the Gallery at the spiritual market, we met so many beautiful and supportive people. Dave Clark, the owner of the Singing Gallery, has donated the entire day’s proceeds to our cause and will buy as many second hand book as he can and will bring them to our depot. Many thanks for that Dave!

This afternoon Alex and Mark will come to our house in Willunga to assist with the first sorting of the books into boxes donated by VinPak in McLaren Vale. These are recycled boxes used for shipping screwcaps for wine bottles. As you probably know McLaren Vale is one of the major wine growing regions in South Australia, with around 70+ wineries in the area. Fred of Dogridge will collect these boxes and drop them off in Willunga this morning. Later today we will post the progress and hope to give you an idea of the number of books, stay tuned.

And…. thanks heaps for all your donated books, it is going great!