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Variety Book Fair set to be a monster event

WREST Point’s Boardwalk Gallery and Wellington Room will be transformed into a “hub of fun” from 26-28 August, with pre-loved quality books, games, puzzles, CDs and DVDs all on offer as part of the Variety Monster Book Fair.

Patrons will be able to browse displays for works by their favourite authors, explore new interests and even indulge in some early Christmas shopping at bargain prices while knowing that all money raised will be used by Variety Tasmania to assist children in need across the state.

Established 26 years ago, Variety – the Children’s Charity of Tasmania is a not-for-profit organisation with a mission to empower Tasmanian children who are sick, disadvantaged or who have special needs.

Variety Tasmania state manager Luke Doyle said he was thrilled by the level of support shown during the development of the book fair initiative.

“We have been astounded by the generosity of Tasmanians wanting to help and we now have thousands of books, as well as hundreds of DVDs and a wide selection of CDs, games and jigsaw puzzles for people to buy,” he said.

“The quality of donated items has been incredible and whether shoppers’ interests lie in fiction or fantasy, cooking or crafts or gardening or geography, there will be something for everyone.”

Mr Doyle said Variety Tasmania often “filled the gaps” that other organisations could not, by providing practical equipment and assistance to individuals, families, schools and other children’s organisations that had nowhere else to turn.

“Variety provides this support entirely through its fundraising program and events such as the Variety Monster Book Fair.”

Last year, the inaugural Variety Monster Book Fair attracted an estimated 3000 visitors over three days and raised more than $35,000.

Mr Doyle said the money could fund the purchase of iPads and associated software that would be used as communication devices by non-verbal children, along with Dynamic Orthosis Suits which support and enhance mobility for children diagnosed with conditions such as cerebral palsy.

“It could also significantly contribute towards the cost of a ‘Sunshine Coach’ which allow children to experience the joy of excursions and other external learning experiences in their communities,” he said.

The 2016 Variety Monster Book Fair will run from 10am to 8pm on Friday 26 August, 9am to 5pm on Saturday 27 August and 10am to 4pm on Sunday 28 August at Wrest Point.

Caption: A book fair for all: Bag a bargain and do your bit to support the work of Variety – The Children’s Charity.

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