Book Fair raises more than $80,000 for student scholarships

Friends Book Fair

27 August 2013

Book Fair raises more than $80,000 for student scholarships.

The recent Friends of the University Book Fair has raised more than $80,000 for student scholarships at the University of Newcastle.

Vice-Chancellor, Professor Caroline McMillen, thanked the Friends of the University group for their efforts.

"It takes this committed group of volunteers two years to prepare for the Book Fair, and on behalf of the University community, I would like to thank the Friends of the University mostly sincerely for their tireless hard work and support.

"The money raised will offer vital financial assistance for our students including scholarships in Fine Art, Music, Nursing and Sport, as well as two Honours scholarships and an Open Foundation scholarship."

Friends of the University President Mr Vic Levi said this year's Book Fair was the second most successful in the event's 30 year history.

"We were really pleased with the turnout we had. On our first day we had hundreds of people lined up waiting to come in.

"Surprisingly, vinyl records were among our best sellers. It is amazing to think that records are making such a resurgence.

"We had some rare items that went on sale including a Beatles Collection which includes a beautifully preserved box set of 13 LPs with the records and spectacular jackets in near new condition.

"We also had some very old and rare books that we auctioned off including two volumes of poetry and prose by Robert Burns given as a farewell gift to a Scottish immigrant bound for Newcastle in 1876," Mr Levi said.

Since the formation of the Friends of the University group in 1981, the Book Fair, which is held once every two years, has raised almost $1 million for the University.

Other projects funded by the Friends include a contribution towards the organ in the Great Hall, a woven tapestry, purchasing rare books for the University library and funding for the pavilion overlooking the University wetlands.

About the University of Newcastle Foundation:

The Foundation is the fundraising arm of the University of Newcastle. Donations to the University help fund student scholarships and prizes, research, community projects and academic positions.

Contact: Tanya Carlyle, University of Newcastle Foundation Communication and Marketing Coordinator
Contact Phone: +61 2 4985 4178 or 0407 276 061.