IF you ever want a job done and a job done well, then you’d be scanning the crowd for a bloke like my old Simbu mate of 50 years – and counting – Murray Bladwell.
“We pack ‘em then stack ‘em” is the motto of Murray and his Toowong Rotarians colleague Ted Horsbrugh, who have taken on the massive task of preparing 36,000 children’s books for distribution to schools in the Papua New Guinea highlands.
So far they have carefully categorised and packed more than 6,000 books leaving another 30,000 to go.
The first 50 boxes containing an estimated 300 books each have been packed and stored at Rotary’s donations -in-kind storage facility in Brisbane.
Two working-bees at the Ipswich Drug-Arm facility on 26 and 30 September involved 25 people sorting over six tonnes of books. Some 30 boxes of children’s books were retrieved.
Murray reports that the team has also been fortunate to obtain over 70 bays of good quality library shelving and fittings (seen behind Ted in this photo).
The plan is to have each primary and secondary school receive a set of shelving and several boxes of books which will form the basis of a “starter” library.
Murray says that locating large volumes of suitable books for children is a major challenge. You can email him here if you’re able to assist.