Armidale Book Fair

A Brief History

At the Armidale Book FairThe club has recently run the 15th annual book fair and the thirteenth on the Armidale racecourse site. Total returns would exceed $280,000. All clubs look to find a stable and regular source of funds. Fifteen years ago the book fair filled this role for the club. It has of course become more than a fund raiser. It has become an event on the New England calendar. It provides an avenue for the community to donate books. The Fair itself has become a social event that sells books at very cheap prices to the community. Buyers come from as far away as Brisbane and the coast. It is a recycling service that saves many wonderful books from land fill. Unsalable books that are discarded go to the Assent Group which generates an income from the recycled paper.



Who Benefits?

  • Over the 15 years funds raised have supported matching grants in South Africa, India and Brazil. Direct grants have been made to projects in South Africa, Tanzania, PNG, Nepal, Malaysia, Bali, Vanuatu, Sri Lanka and the Tsunami Appeal in Sri Lanka.
  • Local projects supported include the Aboriginal Liaison Office at the hospital, the Hospital Auxiliary, Challenge, Autumn Lodge, Anglicare, New England Conservatorium of Music, Legacy Bus, The Tierney family Appeal, and the Armidale Eisteddfod.
  • Donations have been made to the Rotary Foundation to support programs like Polio Plus and the East Africa Appeal.  Eight Shelter Boxes have gone to Lebanon, Pakistan, Indonesia and Columbia. Each year the Rotary Health Research Fund receives a donation.
  • Every year the club supports most of the many wonderful Rotary Youth programs such as NYSF, Public Speaking, the Science Challenge, various RYAG programs, RYDA and Youth Exchange.

The Logistics

The Club has built a book deposit and sorting facility on land leased from the Race Course Trust at the corner of Dumaresq and Canambe Streets. Members of the community donate books by placing them in our  YELLOW BOOK BIN  near the corner of Dumaresq and Canambe Streets or ring to have the books picked up. Club members sort the books into categories at least twice a week and prepare for the annual book fair in May.