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Grab a book & support crisis services
Thousands of pre-loved books will be available for avid and occasional readers at this year's Lifeline Bookfest.
If you are looking to snap up a bargain to add to your book collection and library, be sure to get along to the Lifeline Bookfest which runs from 18-27 January 2020 at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre.
Browse through tables with a wide variety of books, magazines, records, puzzles, DVDs, CDs, vinyls, and board games.
After all that browsing and buying, take a break in the Revive Zone with author readings from Andrew Stafford and Simon Cleary and be entertained by local musicians.
Lifeline is a not for profit organisation and Bookfest is a major fundraising event to support its services.
Proceeds from the Bookfest go towards funding frontline services, including the Lifeline 13 11 14 Crisis Line, which provides suicide prevention services, mental health support and emotional assistance, not only via telephone but face-to-face and online 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Some Lifeline centres also provide other support services which may include face-to-face counselling, group support, assistance with food and utility bills, support for the elderly and frail, and related services.
As well as donating books, you can also volunteer your time by sorting and pricing books.
Lifeline was founded in Sydney, New South Wales in 1963 by the late Reverend Dr Sir Alan Walker after a call from a distressed man who three days later took his own life. Determined not to let loneliness, isolation and anxiety be the cause of other deaths, Sir Alan launched a crisis line which initially operated out of the Methodist Central Mission.
Bookfest will be open from 7.30am–6pm on its opening day, then from 8.30am–6pm afterwards.
So get along and grab a book and support essential community services.