APPLAUSE: Rotarian’s efforts help success of literacy project

Book drop boxes vital to literacy society.

To the Editor,

Fifteen years ago, Rotary Club of Nanaimo Daybreak’s literacy project was to build a book donation box, and deliver the collections directly to Literacy Central Vancouver Island Society.

Over the years, we expanded to four boxes in three shopping malls in the north end of the city, and one in Coastal Community Credit Union in Southgate Centre.

After Rotarian Terry Akerman retired as owner of Terry’s Save-Rite stores in Nanaimo, he took on the task of picking up the north end books for Rotary Daybreak, for most of those years. (sometimes responding twice per week, as the boxes were full). His diligence resulted in considerable funds accruing to Central Vancouver Island.

Rebecca Kirk, society  executive director, told a Daybreak meeting the project generated more than $40,000 income to Literacy CVI.

Ron Blank

Rotary Club of Nanaimo Daybreak