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Books aplenty at Lifeline's sale

Corinna Beckhause and Liz Makin are ready for Lifeline's annual bookfest.   Photo: John McCutcheon / Sunshine Coast Daily
Corinna Beckhause and Liz Makin are ready for Lifeline's annual bookfest. Photo: John McCutcheon / Sunshine Coast Daily John McCutcheon

SOME of the world's finest authors will gather on the Coast in coming days, all under the same roof at the Lake Kawana Community Centre.

The occasion is not a writer's convention, but the second annual Lifeline Bookfest which brings tens of thousands of books to the one place over four days.

Busy volunteers have been stacking books, sorting genres and preparing for the event that will see thousands of residents line up and grab a bargain to support a worthy cause.

Lifeline business manager Ian Ezzy said the volume of donations received from Coast residents had been "fantastic”.

"We've been collecting books since April, there are thousands and thousands ready to go,” Mr Ezzy said.

"There are quite a few bargains, most are $2 each, some are 50c and others that are quite rare, have been priced.

"We've got some rare books this year - every time we unpack we find something different that's a gem.

Bookworms will be able to get a wriggle on with more than 10,000 mystery, fantasy, humour, crime, romance, fact and fiction novels up for grabs at $2, or in some cases 50c.

The event also has CDs, vinyls, games, puzzles and for the first time racks of clothes.

A coffee machine will be serving up hot drinks.

"There is something for everyone,” Mr Ezzy said.

"We time it so it works in with the school holidays - we aim for the every day person, mum and dad and kids that come along, and students can even find some reference books.”

The tables will be restocked daily to make sure new books are offered up.

"Every day when you come there will be fresh books out, all the way from Saturday to Monday,” Mr Ezzy said.

"That way people can come each day and go through them all.”

"It's always changing.”

The event raises vital funds to support Lifeline services in Queensland, including the 13 11 14 Crisis Support Line.

Mr Ezzy said when people donate to Lifeline they are helping save lives.

"The support we get from the community has been absolutely amazing, we couldn't raise the money we do for our counselling services without the bookfest,” Mr Ezzy said.

"The money goes towards our telephone crisis line.”

Mr Ezzy said the Coast has a support centre located in Maroochydore were dedicated volunteers man phone lines 24 hours a day.

He said the volume of calls they received was testament to why it's needed.

"A lot of people do ring the helpline, and they know they'll be speaking to someone on the other end,” he said.

"We need this support in the community.”

Mr Ezzy said Lifeline was also putting a call out for volunteers to offer some of their spare time during the sale to either serve customers, help set up, or pack away the products.

If you can volunteer, contact Lifeline Bookfest Sunshine Coast on 5409 1400.

"Come along and volunteer, or grab a bargain to fill your home with as many books as you can - it's a great event.”

BOOKFEST

What: Lifeline Bookfest

When: September 30 - October 3. 8.30am-4pm.

Where: Lake Kawana Community Centre, 114 Sportsmans Parade, Bokarina

Tickets: Entry is free.

Topics:  books, kawana, lifeline bookfest


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