14 March 2024

Illawarra bookworms' event of the year kicks off in Berkeley

| Zoe Cartwright
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The Lifeline Book Fair is back.

Lifeline’s Big Book Fair is back. Photo: Lifeline.

Booklovers rejoice – Lifeline South Coast’s Big Book Fair is back with an extravaganza of pre-loved books.

The literary spectacular is set to take place at the Illawarra Sports Stadium, Berkeley, from Thursday 14 March to Sunday 17 March.

Whether you’re a fan of fiction, non-fiction, cooking books, or children’s literature, you can explore amazing genres and discover hidden literary gems.

Among the special books on display will be an incomplete set of books (31) titled Transactions of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, priced at $300 per book.

With more than 90,000 books displayed across 80 categories, the Big Book Fair is a haven for bookworms seeking their next adventure.

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“Each day, our dedicated book sorting volunteers bring a passion for literature and a commitment to our cause,” said Lifeline South Coast CEO Renee Green.

“Their tireless efforts in sorting, cleaning, categorising, pricing, and packing an extensive range of books showcase an unwavering dedication to Lifeline South Coast’s mission.”

Admission to the Big Book Fair’s opening night on Thursday 14 March costs $10.

Entry on Friday 15 March (9 am to 5 pm), Saturday 16 March (9 am to 5 pm), and Sunday 17 March (9 am to 4 pm) is by gold coin donation.

All entry costs go towards supporting Lifeline South Coast’s vital suicide prevention and crisis support services.

There has never been a better time to clear your bookshelves of past favourites and restock those shelves with a few new titles.

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Book donations that are clean and of resalable quality will be accepted at the Big Book Fair donation point in the car park.

“The funds raised from your donations enable us to provide critical suicide prevention and crisis support services to our community,” Renee said.

“Your donations, both in books and support, are the backbone of Lifeline South Coast.”

Lifeline South Coast’s Big Book Fair is the major fundraising event for Lifeline South Coast.

Funds raised go towards Lifeline services including Lifeline’s 24-hour crisis support service (on 13 11 14) in the Illawarra and South Coast.

As an event focused around raising money for crisis support and mental-ill health, the RuOK Day Conversation Convoy will attend the fair on Saturday (16 March).

Don’t miss the chance to contribute to a worthy cause while indulging your love for literature.

The Big Book Fair will be held at the Illawarra Sports Stadium, Berkeley. Opening night is Thursday, 14 March from 5 pm and costs $10. It will then run on Friday and Saturday from 9 am until 5 pm, and on Sunday from 9 am until 4 pm, by gold coin donation.

If you or someone you know needs help, you can contact:
Lifeline’s 24-hour crisis support line – 13 11 14
Suicide Call Back Service – 1300 659 467
Kids Helpline – 1800 551 800 or kidshelpline.com.au
MensLine Australia – 1300 789 978.

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