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Your amazing World Book Day efforts

17th March 2016 | Blog

World Book Day is an annual celebration of all things bookish and it’s also a great opportunity to fundraise for Book Aid International. Every year, children and adults across the UK amaze us with their fundraising efforts. This year World Book Day was on 3rd March and we’ve been delighted to receive so many stories and pictures of what you got up to, as well as your donations of course. Here’s just a few of the great efforts you went to this year to raise money for our work.

At Newminster Middle School in Northumberland children dressed up as their favourite book characters and the librarian there reports that almost everyone got involved this year. They held a dressing up competition and the 10 winners, judged as having displayed the most ingenuity and originality with their costumes, each chose a book prize from the school’s week long Travelling Books Fair. Apparently it was not an easy decision, but well done to everyone who got involved!

The students in Mrs Leckie’s Book Group at Coltness High School in Lanarkshire organised a bake sale and raised £75.20 for our work. Huge thanks to Abby Green, Robert Langford, Caitlin Laing, Amy Kelly and Kerry Campbell for all their efforts.

Denstone Sixth Form College in Staffordshire has recently opened a new library. Their librarian told us: “It is a beautiful place for pupils to work in and provides them with access to books in a way that, we realise, so many others can only dream of.”

The college had a special display in the library about our work which fit perfectly with the opening of their new library space. Students at the college take part in fundraising activities all year round and they felt it was fitting to donate some of this money to Book Aid International on World Book Day.

World Book Day isn’t just for children and Edinburgh and York University libraries proved that this year by getting their students involved with the fun. All late fines paid on and around World Book Day were donated – helping students turn a bad deed into a very good one!

Our Community Ambassador Jane Penson also took a sophisticated approach to World Book Day and organised a fundraising dinner in Amersham. A beautiful dinner was provided and our very own Head of Fundraising and Development Hannah Watson attended and gave a short speech to raise awareness of our work. In total Jane and her guests raised over £1,000.

We’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone who raised money for us on World Book Day. The donations you make really will make a huge difference to people’s lives in Africa as we’ll be able to fill more library shelves with brand new, carefully selected books that can help people discover the joy of reading.

Schools, community groups and individuals have already sent in more than £43,000. If you still have funds to donate, here’s all the information on how to get your money to us.

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