Volunteers Lachlan and Aidan Stone from Toowoomba who helped set up the Bookfest and serve the many customers.
Volunteers Lachlan and Aidan Stone from Toowoomba who helped set up the Bookfest and serve the many customers.

Who said people don't read books anymore?

THAT myth was de bunked, when some valuable buried treasure and some good old fashioned books were snapped up by thousands of enthusiastic bookworms at the 14th Annual Quota Bookfest, which was held recently at the Maryborough City Hall.

On behalf of Quota International of Maryborough, I wish to express our sincere gratitude to all the people involved in this rewarding event.

Firstly to the residents of the Fraser Coast who most generously donated many thousands of pre-loved books, which kept our members busy pricing and sorting, right up until the doors opened.

Also the many visitors and locals who purchased the books, giving them a loving new home.

We would not have been able to stage this event without the help of many volunteers- Baddow Scout Group, and Older Men Unlimited who helped set up tables, unpacked and set up the books on the tables, and helped pack and clean up afterwards. Staff of Casey's Tyre Service for carting the books to the Hall, Ray and Chris Smith for allowing us to use their business premises for marking and storing the books and many volunteers from the local community their names too numerous to mention, who helped in various ways.

Thanks also to the home owners and businesses who allowed their premises to be used for advertising signage, and the radio stations for free publicity.

It would be amiss not to mention the Fraser Coast Regional Council and their staff, and the local newspapers, who free of charge, gave the event great publicity in their respective newspapers.

The raffle was won by C Smith, Tapscott Street, Maryborough, with proceeds to be donated to RACQ Lifeflight Helicopter Rescue Service.

The Bookfest was an enormous success, with a substantial amount of the proceeds to be donated to Ovarian Cancer Research, local charities, community projects, and disadvantaged children, with a special emphases "On Creating Sound Beginnings for Children" a theme created by Quota's International body.

Lynette Nielsen

Publicity Officer

Quota International of Maryborough Inc.


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