Bundaberg Lifeline Bookfest a novel idea

The Bundaberg Lifeline Bookfest continues until Sunday, 31 March 2019.

Bargain hunters from across the region are turning up in droves at the Recreational Precinct as thousands of books, records, puzzles, comics and clothing go on sale at the Bundaberg Lifeline Bookfest.

The Bundaberg Lifeline Bookfest, held twice a year, is a major fundraiser for the local Lifeline service and 600 customers were admitted within the first three hours of the doors opening at the main pavilion at the Recreational Precinct.

Event organiser Andrew Armstrong said it had been decided to trial the event over three days.

“There is quite a deal of effort involved in setting up the Bookfest so we thought we would add in the additional day. The initial response today has been super,” he said.

“Last year we raised about $38,000 from the event. Everything on display has been donated to Lifeline and the quality of the books in particular is astounding.”

Bundaberg Lifeline Bookfest
Andrew Armstrong and Kylie Brogden make sure the tables are well stocked at Lifeline’s Bookfest currently underway at the recreational Precinct.

Donna Smith, a customer who regular attends book sales said she had already taken four loads of books to her vehicle. “It’s great quality, great price and for a great cause,” she said.

Andrew said there were almost 50 tables of items for sale.

“The books cover a multitude of genres from cooking, gardening, animals, fiction and non-fiction, comics and kid’s books. There’s even a selection of vinyl records for sale.

“The clothing is available at $2 per item. Many of the items that remain unsold after the Bookfest will find their way to overseas countries like New Guinea and Dubai where they will be distributed through welfare programs.”

Bundaberg Lifeline Bookfest
Comics and a selection of vinyl records were among the items on offer at the Bookfest. Pictured are Lifeline volunteers Sandra and Steve Alexander.

“I really must commend our volunteers who have turned out to support this event. Our key organiser has been Kylie Brogden who has managed to ensure the event has come together.

“Kylie has received tremendous support from people who have volunteers for the multitude of jobs including manning the café, at the checkout, setting up the displays and customer liaison.”

The Bundaberg Lifeline Bookfest helps fund the Lifeline 13 11 14 Crisis Support Line. Lifeline is always in need of more volunteers so talk with volunteers at the Bookfest and become involved.

Lifeline Bookfest is on until Sunday at the Recreational Precinct with entry via the main gates in Kendalls Road.