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Rotary Books Up A Record

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Rotarian Graham Jenkins was helping to keep the tables stocked with fresh books

September 20, 2016

Taabinga Rotary members are still counting the dollars after their “biggest ever” Bookarama at the weekend, but it looks like the club has raised about $13,000 from book sales.

President Paul Laurentiussen said about 8000 books were sold on Saturday and Sunday at Kingaroy Town Hall.

Proceeds from the sale will assist Kingaroy Local Ambulance Committee’s fundraising for an advanced training mannequin at Kingaroy Ambulance Station,  “Violets Of Tomorrow” (fundraising for the Children’s Cancer Institute of Australia) and Taabinga Rotary’s plan to upgrade the walking track in the Kingaroy Town Common.

A pop-up cafe, run by the Kingaroy Rotary Club alongside Bookarama, was also deemed a success, with club president Wayne Bushell saying he had to whip up a second batch of curry after selling out the first lot.

Taabinga Rotary is already starting to think about next year’s Bookarama.

Donations of books for sale can be left at J.A. Carroll & Sons Solicitors in King Street, Kingaroy; at Ken Mills Toyota; and Elders Insurance in King Street.

After Christmas, the donation box will also re-appear outside Big W in Kingaroy Shoppingworld.

Not all the books on sale were secondhand ... local author Danielle Wicks was invited to set up a stall in the foyer to sell her latest novels

Kingaroy Rotary Club president Wayne Bushell, right, was working hard in the cafe alongside fellow Rotarian Alex Hall and volunteer Peter Betteridge, from Bribie Island

Debbie Lee Jackson and Edna Bastable, from Kingaroy, were relaxing in the pop-up cafe at Bookarama

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