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Sierra Leone Book Project

Sierra Leone Book Project

One of Sanctuary’s members, Sarah King, is engaged in fundraising for a major project to send a shipping container of library resources to her home land of Sierra Leone.

Sanctuary asks our members and friends to consider donating to this cause, and helping Sarah to meet her target.

Full information about the project is available on the project website here: – and donations are tax deductible through Sanctuary Northern Rivers inc.

Ian Phillips
Treasurer, Sanctuary Northern Rivers


Jenny Dowell

Education, particularly of girls, is the best assistance we can give anyone anywhere in the world.

I’m delighted to support Sarah King’s Sierra Leone book project. Sarah has made her home in our Lismore community and is now working to assist her country of origin by giving the gift of learning through reading to the children there. She has the books and now needs our help to pay for the transport.

How about making a donation to get those books to the Sierra Leone children who are waiting for them.

– Mayor Jenny Dowell: Lismore City Council

Michael Douglas

As President of Sanctuary Northern Rivers I would like to encourage our communities to support Sarah King in her fundraising efforts for this project.

What Sarah is seeking to do dovetails well with our aims as an organisation. Increased literacy is a core foundation in humanitarian development.

– Dr Michael Douglas: President Sanctuary Northern Rivers inc.

More info – please visit

The Sierra Leone Book Project, in partnership with Sanctuary Northern Rivers Inc. has collected over 500 boxes of books now ready for shipment to Sierra Leone.

The project has purchased a container to ship the books, and for further use as a library in Sierra Leone. The books will be loaded in the container on Saturday 1st March 2014 starting at 9.30 am at the premises of Summerland Christian College on Pineapple Road, Goonellabah. The college has generously provided a space for the container. Another loading of books into the container will take place at Storage King in Tweed Heads on the same day, starting at 2pm. Volunteers are needed for loading at Tweed Heads! Please call Sarah on 0423321729.

We are still collecting books to make maximum use of space in the container. As there is a limit to the weight of the container, donations of other (light-weight) items such as learning materials like pens/pencils/coloring, clothing, toys, etc are most welcome. Please take donations to Lismore Library on Magellan Street by Friday 28 February 2014 or call Sarah to arrange collection.

So… ! the books are ready to go! But… more funds are needed to pay for the cost of shipping the container to Sierra Leone.

Please make a donation, if you haven’t already, to:
Sanctuary Northern Rivers Inc.
BSB 728728 Account No. 25806710
Reference: Sierra Leone
For tax-deductible receipt, email:
Or visit

PEN Centre, a local organization in Sierra Leone has secured funds to clear and distribute the books to disadvantaged children in schools in the West African country, while some will be retained in the container-library to serve needy communities.

Richmond Tweed Regional Libraries, educational institutions, charity organisations, businesses and individuals in the Northern Rivers have generously supported this project and donated the following:

Over to 13,000 assorted books
2 laptop computers
A total of $8,130.22

A big Thank You to all who have donated and offered support in one way or the other.

Both the Mystery Print – drawn on 2nd November and the Christmas book hamper – drawn on 24th December 2014 respectively, were won by Lismore Library patrons.

Storage King in Tweed Heads has been very supportive, providing storage for the books since August 2013 – very much appreciated.

Please contact Sarah King on 0423321729 or Ian Philips on 0427248955 for any support you are able to give.