Eseltjiesrus Donkey Sanctuary will be celebrating 15 years of their love for books and of reading culture at the annual Book Fair from May 17 to 19. This is an event for book lovers, bargain hunters, and those readers looking for special treasures. The Storytelling and Book Reading Theatre for children was also introduced last year to make sure everyone experiences the joy of a good book.
Tables will groan under the weight of thousands of books on a variety of topics at rock-bottom prices. Whether you are looking for non-fiction, the latest novels, books on travel, poetry, self-help, cookery, children’s or Afrikaans books, you will find both new and pre-owned options that cover it all. New stock will be put out every day.
Every book purchased (at the biggest book fair in the Western Cape) will aid donkeys in need. Eseltjiesrus Donkey Sanctuary provides a permanent refuge for abused, neglected and elderly donkeys just outside McGregor. Here they are given the opportunity to live out their lives with respect and dignity, surrounded by their own kind, in a protective and natural environment.
The sanctuary deals with queries from across the country regarding good donkey care. Most problems arise from ignorance or the misbelief that donkeys do not need regular handling or appropriate care. The help given in this way, no doubt contributes to raising the status of donkeys in the eyes of the public. Each individual donkey that is helped is one less in pain, discomfort or suffering mental anguish.
Although the success of this year’s event will once again play a major role in supporting the work done at the Donkey Sanctuary, the community will also benefits from this event. Work is created, books are donated to schools and libraries in the greater Langeberg area, and the Breede Skills Centre will receive all the books read to children in the Storytelling and Book Reading Theatre, where the kids can continue hearing wonderful stories.