BETWEEN COVID-19 restrictions and the financial strain people have been under over the past 12 months, fundraising for not-for-profits has been hard, but luckily for the Rotary Club of Tamworth it had the Book Shed.
The shed, which is run by Rotary volunteers, has for much of the year been the club's only way of gaining funds - which is a job it has done extremely well.
Despite most books, CDs and DVDs being just $3 each, it has managed to generate $40,000 for local community and international organisations in the past year.
It is an incredible effort by the volunteers, who newly elected Rotary president Helen Lesley said are incredibly devoted and good at what they do.
"We have a wonderful band of volunteers and members that work at the Book Shed and run the Book Shed," she said.
"And they don't need me, they don't need me to be there hassling them and it's turned out pretty good."
She said the way the community has embraced the store has been truly amazing, and was also pleased to see people really get back into reading again.
Overall, the Book Shed has made roughly $100,000 in the past 12 months according to Ms Lesley, which is a stunning figure for a local volunteer-run group.
It has not completely surprised the president however, who said a lot of effort goes into keeping the shed ticking over.
"Even though it's only open two days a week [Wednesday and Sunday], we sort five days a week so it's very volunteer intense," he said.
Rotary are trying to make sure they have other sources of income, but planning community events is still extremely difficult.
Ms Lesley said one recent example is the group had begun planning for Christmas in July, then new COVID restrictions were brought in.
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