The annual Rotary Bookfest opened its doors on Saturday, boasting more than 60,000 donated books with all the profits going to charity. The event continues until April 19.
The annual Rotary Bookfest opened its doors on Saturday, boasting more than 60,000 donated books with all the profits going to charity. The event continues until April 19. LEIGH JENSEN

Success at Rotary's fundraiser

THE book is far from dead judging by the turnout on Saturday for the opening day of the annual Rotary Bookfest.

Crowds streamed into the exhibition hall at the Coffs Harbour Showground from 9am on Saturday.

Community service director for hosts Coffs Harbour South Rotary, Jim Delahunty, said numbers through the doors were actually a little down on last year, but turnover was similar.

“There was a lot on this weekend, not to mention those people who were busy doing their washing after all the rain, but we are still pretty happy with how things are going so far,” Mr Delahunty said.

“We have in excess of 60,000 books.

“All have been donated by the public and progressively collected in the lead-up to this event.

“Books are still coming in now and being sorted, so there is still plenty of choice.”

Last year the event raised $50,000.

All proceeds from the annual bookfest go to Rotary projects both here and overseas.

The event is open daily between 9am and 5pm and continues until Tuesday, April 19.

For more information phone 0413 900 138.



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