Rotary Book Fair in Bega "super successful"

FROM Friday to Sunday, the rustle of pages could be heard in the Bega Showground Pavilion as hundreds of people attended the Bega Rotary Book Fair. 

“All in all, it was super successful!” Rotary publicity officer Jan Southcott said. 

“I can probably say it was the most successful, financially, we’ve ever had.”

Ms Southcott said while she didn’t yet know the total sum, they raised in excess of $12,000. 

This amount was due to the support given by the public and the quality books, the standard of which Ms Southcott said are improving each fair. 

While there were 25,000 books at the start Ms Southcott estimated around half of them were sold.

“We’re very pleased with the way things went,” Rotary president Charlie Blomfield said.

“We had a very big day on Friday.

“A lot of books went out the door, and we are guessing about 15,000 books went out the door.

“Obviously the proceeds of the weekend will be returned to the community, which we’re very happy about.”

Community projects the funds will support include upgrading Glebe Park, which was set up by Rotary in the first place, to make it a nice place for people to go according to Ms Southcott.

It will also go into ongoing youth projects, such as scholarships, exchanges, and leadership camps.

Some of the funds raised will go into international programs of End Polio Scheme, Clean Water and School Assistance. 

It will support villages in Timor Leste, with water projects and sanitation, and Bega Rotary is sending a group over there next year. 

Ms Southcott said despite all that was sold there is still thousands of books left over, so the remainder will be replaced into storage to be sold at the next fair.

She said Rotary will be accepting more donations all year in anticipation of the next fair.

Book donations can be left at Andrew Constance’s office or Elders Real Estate in Bega. 

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