Lifeline’s Big Book Fair raises more than $115,000!

7 Oct 2012

Lifeline’s Big Book Fair has been another overwhelming success raising more than $115,000 for Lifeline South Coast services in the Illawarra and South Coast.

The three day event showcased a record 80,000 books and saw 5,700 people through the door at the new venue Illawarra Sports Stadium, Berkeley.

Lifeline South Coast Executive Director, Grahame Gould, has thanked the community for their ongoing support of the Fair,

“Every year, we are overwhelmed by the amazing support the community show us in our fundraising event. From donating books all year round, to coming along and buying up big at the event – the Illawarra community is so generous,” he said.

“But the biggest thank you must go to our volunteers. Their dedication and support allows the event to be such a success".

Most popular categories included Children’s books, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror, Romance and Literature.

Held at the Illawarra Sports Stadium, Berkeley, Lifeline’s Big Book Fair saw some significant changes to the event. Children’s books were moved into the second room allowing the popular fiction category to double in size! In addition, our trading hours were extended to allow customers a longer opportunity to browse.

We were also pleased to welcome the support of some wonderful local organisations who took part in the Leaders in Suicide Prevention Book Drive. Organisations including Peoplecare, Wollongong City Council, KPMG, Medicare Local, Kells the Lawyers, University of Wollongong, Flagstaff and the Cram Foundation collected books in their workplaces then brought them to the Fair last Thursday to put on the tables for sale in a new “treasure hunt” room.

Money raised at the event will go toward supporting Lifeline South Coast services in the Illawarra and South Coast including Lifeline’s 24-hour telephone crisis line on 13 11 14.

Lifeline South Coast is a local service, which 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.

Each year, Lifeline receives 14,000 calls from people in the Illawarra and South Coast.


Grahame Gould is available for interview by calling 0409 912 391.

Clare Leslie
Marketing and PR Manager
0402 068 597