Book sale aids literacy initiative

Al and Ronda Fabbi are supporters of Friends of Raise a Reader, the fundraiser just launched to help the South Okanagan Raise a Reader Program.

Al and Ronda Fabbi are supporters of Friends of Raise a Reader, the fundraiser just launched to help the South Okanagan Raise a Reader Program.

The owners of Willowbrook Lane in Summerland have invited the Raise a Reader organizer Yasmin John-Thorpe and her coffee-table book, The Lone Pilgrim, which chronicles her trek across the Camino de Santiago, to be on hand at their store to talk about the walk.

The pilgrimage walk took 36 days to cover the 790 kilometers with three days of rest along the path.

The route begins in southern France and travels across northern Spain to the City of Santiago.

The book is being used as the Raise a Reader fundraiser.  For a $100 donation to Friends of Raise a Reader, the donor receives a tax receipt, a copy of The Lone Pilgrim and coupons off dinner to six popular Summerland and Penticton restaurants.

The Fabbis are hoping to walk the Camino path in 2012. They have attended the first Camino presentation by John-Thorpe after she returned from her trek last November and remain keen on the idea of trying the walk themselves.

The couple have made the $100 donation to the Friends of Raise a Reader and have read The Lone Pilgrim.

“Having Yasmin come into the store and show the Camino presentation, while raising money for the literacy program Raise a Reader, will be a great opportunity for locals to come in and talk to her about her trek,” said Ronda Fabbi.

“I cannot think of a better way for us to add our help to a good cause, which buys books for our Summerland students.”

The entire amount of the $100 donation, goes to the Raise a Reader Program.


John-Thorpe will be at Willowbrook Lane on Friday, Sept. 23, 2011 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.



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