There has never been a better time to clear your bookshelves of past favourites that you no longer need and to restock those shelves with a few new titles.
Lifeline's Big Book Fair is on again and the event features a massive range of pre-loved books where you will find all your favourite genres, plenty of bargains and best of all your purchase will help raise vital funds for a worthy cause.
The fundraising event will take place this weekend at the Illawarra Sports Stadium, Berkeley and is open on Friday, October 18 from 9am to 5pm, Saturday, October 19 from 9am to 5pm and will continue on Sunday, October 20 from 9am to 4pm.
Around 80,000 books will be on display in over 50 categories including fiction, non-fiction, reference, hobbies, travel, children's books, art, science, literature, history, biographies, old, rare or just interesting books. Printed floor plans are available at the door.
On Saturday there will be a family afternoon where the kids can get their faces painted or do some colouring in, while mum and dad browse the tables.
On Sunday, all remaining stock is half the marked price.
Lifeline South Coast community partners, Southern.IML Pathology will be running a book donation point in the carpark. Customers can drive up, unload their boot of books to donate, then go inside and restock their shelves.
Lifeline South Coast Big Book Fair coordinator, Alicia Ferderer, says a fantastic part of the Book Fair is the massive range of books available.
"Our book sorting volunteers do an amazing job in sorting, cleaning, categorising, pricing and packing a huge range of books and making them available for our customers at our Book Fair events," she said.
Entry to the event is via gold coin donation and eftpos is available for purchases.
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Lifeline's Big Book Fair is the major fundraising event for Lifeline South Coast. Funds raised go toward Lifeline services including Lifeline's 24-hour crisis support service in the Illawarra and South Coast on 13 11 14.
Recent Australian Bureau of Statistics data revealed that last year we lost 3046 Australians to suicide.
Lifeline believes we can all have a role to play in suicide prevention. Being a local service means that the funds raised locally stay here in our community and are used to help local people talk about their problems and find ways to solve them.
Last year, Lifeline South Coast answered 23,500 calls from people in the Illawarra and South Coast.
For more information about this vital service in the community, or to volunteer your time, visit lifelinesouthcoast.org.au.
Come along to the Fair, show your support and grab a new book ... or maybe three!