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Rotary book drive steps into record-breaking gear

Published:Monday | March 22, 2010 | 12:00 AM

While it may have begun as an inspiration, the Rotary Race to Literacy Book Drive has now officially been accepted by the Guinness World Records to attempt to break the record set by Rotary International in 2008.

During the International Convention, held in Los Angeles, California, 242,624 books were collected in a seven-day period. Now, the Rotary Clubs of Jamaica have united, inspired by this record-breaking drive, to challenge the record and, at the same time, make an invaluable donation to the Jamaica Library Service that is sure to change the lives of many.

And now that the race can officially attempt to break the current record, plans are in overdrive to ensure that this attempt truly takes on national importance.

"We have yet again another chance to make history," said Deika Morrison, the chairperson for the book drive event. "To be able to make a history-breaking record in the benefit of others less fortunate, and through the collective efforts of us all, is truly a golden and unique opportunity."

Morrison added that the approval from Guinness to attempt to break the record was a monumental development and a huge honour.

"We have passed the initial evaluation to assess our ability to do what it takes."

The book drive will be partnering with Novelty Trading/Bookland at the upcoming Market on the Lawn next Sunday, as well as hosting an Old Boys/Girls event at Friends on the Deck, 'All Hands on Deck', Saturday, April 10. At both events, people are invited to bring all kinds of books for donation.

"As a people, Jamaicans love a good competition," Morrison said. "We love excitement and we love to win, so please join the race!"

Visit www.rotaryracetoliteracy.org for more information on how you can help.