Book stall on the move
MAUREEN Hitchens and her band of “little old ladies” were up at the crack of dawn yesterday to unpack hundreds of banana boxes of second-hand books.
For 31 years, the volunteer workers from the Murwillumbah Leukaemia and Cancer Research Society have been raising funds for research and equipment to battle cancer. A book stall in the Murwillumbah Red Cross headquarters at Knox Park was just one of many fundraisers.
Yesterday, however, was the last time they would sell their books; which attract a wide range of locals and even Gold Coast book dealers; from the Knox Park site.
Mrs Hitchens said the Red Cross had agreed to a regular weekly booking of its hall on Thursday nights, and although it was still available for the charity to use on Fridays, members had decided to move future stalls to the undercroft of the All Saints Anglican Church in Murwillumbah.
“We were here at six o’clock this morning to unpack books,” Mrs Hitchens said.
“We are all little old ladies. Six o’clock in the morning is not much fun.”
She admitted the volunteers did “tie the hall up” from 5pm on Thursdays to unpack books before their sale day every second month, and could understand the Red Cross needing to also raise funds.
They had decided to make the move to the church undercroft, making a 6am start will be a thing of the past.
She hopes passing cars on Riverview Street, the main road out of town to Uki, along with plenty of available parking will make it a good move.
“We’ve been doing this for years and years,” Mrs Hitchens said. “We raise funds by means of the bookstall every second month, a street stall every other month, raffles and a market stall at the showgrounds every month.
“We are pretty busy people.”
The society raised $16,500 last year.