Enjoying the combination of a book and the beach still rates highly for both visitors and locals in holiday mode on the Fleurieu Peninsula.
As a result, organisers of the annual Oxfam Pre-loved Book Sale, held in the RSL Hall in Coral Street, Victor Harbor reported a steady stream of buyers and browsers, with children and teenagers well represented in the relaxed crowd.
President of the Oxfam Southern Fleurieu Group, Mel Reid was pleased to report a new fund raising high of $2200 from the three day sale, held between Christmas and the New Year.
All books sold in Victor Harbor come from the four storied Oxfam book store in Hutt Street, Adelaide, with volunteers ferrying thousands of selected titles as each sale finishes.
Culling is ruthless so that only high quality of title, author and book condition make it to the RSL Hall.
The local Oxfam committee has the option of directing funds raised to any one of three Oxfam areas.
Emergency responds to major natural disasters such as the Nepal earthquake, where clean water and shelter are top priorities.
General projects work on self-help projects in both Australian and overseas communities.
Advocacy seeks to change laws so that, for example, women working in sweat shops will receive better wages and working conditions.
Evidence is mounting to show that advocacy at government level is a powerful agent of change in Third World countries.
The Oxfam Southern Fleurieu group has supported all these areas and is proud of its record over years of fundraising, with Victor Harbor second only to Adelaide in commitment across two states, Northern Territory and South Australia.
The lucky winner of the Basket of Goods Raffle was local Gabriel Tiller.
Organisers acknowledged the support of the Victor Harbor RSL and front man Dave Miller, as well as the generous support of local businesses.
Special mentions were also made to National Pharmacy, RAW, QAHWAH coffee café, Herbal Hound Dog Grooming and Kylie Brophy Massage and Bowen Therapy.