Our project focusses on the key message from the Community…to the Community. The more books we sell every year the more money we raise for worthwhile community projects. Last year after minimal costs we were able to distribute all of our revenues between the Wangaratta Specialist School (volunteers), the Country Women’s Association Wangaratta, and academic prizes for secondary school students across Wangaratta.
We now have a five-year business plan and additional outcomes include the sponsoring of the new Wang Lit Fest which will encourage and support satellite events across the arts, schools and community groups as well as writers and book lovers of all ages. This year our estimated revenue is $30,000 to $40,000 from book sales alone, and all proceeds will be distributed across community groups and organisations.
Book it in – Wang Lit Fest, featuring the Rotary Club of Wangaratta Book Fair, is set down for June 8 and 9, but organisers need the community’s help.
The event, which follows on from last year’s successful book fair, has grown and will this year encompass a competition for young writers, kids’ activities, author panels, CWA ‘Retro Café, and of course the pre-loved book fair.
As locals clear out their shelves to start the New Year afresh, festival organisers are keen for them to donate any unwanted books so they can be re-sold at the fair, with proceeds going to local causes.
They are also keen to hear from anyone who may be able to offer short, mid and long term storage space for the books.
The drop-off point for books is at Fletchers Supplies, and Wang Lit Fest and Book Fair committee member Annie O’Shea said the only space currently available for storage was a second level area at the store.