Lifeline book fair proceeds to go towards crisis support

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The Lifeline Easter Book Fair has raised more than $20,000 for suicide and crisis support.

Successful: Lifeline Easter Book Fair volunteer Tania Ferris and fund-raising and sustainability manager Bess Slater at the event, which raised more than $20,000 for suicide and crisis support. Picture: Amy Paton

Successful: Lifeline Easter Book Fair volunteer Tania Ferris and fund-raising and sustainability manager Bess Slater at the event, which raised more than $20,000 for suicide and crisis support. Picture: Amy Paton

In fact, it was so successful there are plans to add an extra fair to the calendar later this year. 

Lifeline South West Vic fund-raising and sustainability manager Bess Slater said hundreds of people attended the annual three-day event.

Ms Slater said they were “very happy” to surpass their $20,000 fund-raising goal.

“We smashed it," Ms Slater said. “We exceeded last year’s total of $16,000.”

Money was raised from the sale of second-hand books and CDs and gold coin donations at the door. 

Ms Slater thanked volunteers and the community and said funds raised will go towards Lifeline’s support following suicide program and the 13 11 14 crisis support line.

“The support we’ve had from visitors and the local community was very positive. We had great volunteers, both returning and new volunteers who gave their time across the weekend.”

Ms Slater said a move to larger premises in the Glasshouse Plaza in Koroit Street, which was donated to Lifeline to use for the event, enabled more people to peruse the titles on offer. 

“We’re hopeful that the book fair will get bigger and better from here on in.”

Ms Slater asked for anyone with unwanted books to donate them to the Lifeline warehouse at 577 Raglan Parade, Warrnambool.

“We’ve got plenty of books left so hopefully we’ll have another (fair) later in the year if we can get more book donations.”