ELP learners make a difference: helping raise funds for Red Cross

English Language Groups

Red Cross's book sale draws huge crowds of avid book lovers, all eager to discover fantastic bargains.

The annual sale is known throughout the Palmerston North region, and is held over King’s Birthday weekend.

“It was a big one!" says Jo Davies, coordinator at English Language Partners. “Red Cross’s book sale at our local stadium is famous. It's a must-attend event, with rows of tables laden with books from every genre and many more boxes on the floor beneath.

“As always, our learners were keen to help out,” says Jo. “Nearly 30 volunteers, accompanied by three staff members, stepped forward to assist insetting up the event," shares Jo. "We spent a couple of hours opening up boxes and displaying books ready for sale." Jo says that after they’d finished setting up, learners were given a sneak preview and the opportunity to buy any books they wanted.

It’s a fantastic way for Red Cross to support our learner volunteers: by giving them a head start on their English studies.

 “We came away with a few literary treasures too,” Jo says, “We’re looking forward to returning to help pack it all up next week.”

English Language Partners' learners help out at Red Cross event

This event has become a longstanding tradition for many of our Palmerston North learners, who have been lending their support for years.

“It’s great to see the enthusiastic involvement of our learners in local events,” says Jo. “It’s truly inspiring to see them continue to offer valuable, practical support in the community.

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