Or­gan­is­ers de­lighted

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By LAURA MCLEAY

Thrilled buy­ers car­ried close to 30,000 books out the door dur­ing the Mata­mata His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety’s an­nual book fair.

More than $10,000 was raised and all pro­ceeds will go to­wards the Madill Shed at the Firth Tower Mu­seum.

One of the or­gan­is­ers, Colin Kem­plen, was ab­so­lutely de­lighted with the turnout of peo­ple and said many of their buy­ers en­joyed it so much they came back each day for more bar­gains.

‘‘ We are de­lighted at how much we raised,’’ Mr Kem­plen said.

‘‘We al­ways need money for projects at the Tower so it was won­der­ful to raise that much.’’

The books that didn’t sell will be dis­trib­uted to var­i­ous or­gan­i­sa­tions around the area.

‘‘Books have gone to the Waik­e­ria Prison li­brary, to the Ki­wa­nis for their Van­u­atu project, Te Aroha Lions for their Book Fair later in the year, Tau­ranga Ro­tary Club for their Easter 2012 Book Fair, magazines to Waikato Hos­pi­tal and large print books to Pohlen Hos­pi­tal to name a few,’’ he said.

He said it was the gen­eros­ity of all those who do­nated pre-loved books to the fair that made it the suc­cess it was.

His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety and Mata­mata Writ­ers Group mem­ber Lorna Reynolds wrote a poem to mark the con­clu­sion of the event.

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