Books bring in the bucks

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OVER 13,000 books were sold at Lifeline Central West’s Spring Book Fair, held at the showground over the weekend.
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BOOK FAIR: People looking over the tables of books at the Lifeline Central West Book Fair, on Sunday. The book fair is a major fund raiser for the charity. Photo:CHRIS SEABROOK 103016cbookf1

Now in its seventh year, the book fair, held twice a year, in Autumn and Spring, is a major fundraiser for the charity, which provides around the clock crisis support and suicide prevention services.

Chief Executive Officer of Lifeline Central West, Alex Ferguson said Saturday was by far the best Saturday the event had ever staged, with literally thousands of people coming through the doors.

“Saturday was the best we’ve had by a country mile and on Sunday people were still streaming through the door.

“We’re absolutely delighted, the trend isgetting bigger each year.”

Mr Ferguson said the event was one of the charity’s biggest fundraising events, so it was incredible to see the community showing its support.

“I’d say we got 4,000 through the door, at any given time had between 150 and 200 people in here.

“When we started the book fair we had 22,000 books for sale, by Sunday morning we’d sold about 13,000 of those.

“The point is for a mega book fair you still have to be able to offer books at the end of the two days, you don’t want people coming and the tables are empty, so we are really pleased about how it went.”

He said the reason the book fair is so popular is because of the quality and variety of books on offer.

“We freshen up the titles all the time, and because we’re known in the community many people bring theirbook back once they’ve read it, so we are always recycling titles.

“The quality of books on sale is also very high; they are pristine. Thebooks are serious quality that keeps people coming back to us.”

With some 22,000 books on offer, Mr Ferguson saidthere is always an element of quirkiness.

“The book fair is the most likely place to find that one title you’ve been looking for but can never find.

“You’d be amazed how often that title you’ve been looking for pops up.”

And with demand on Lifeline’s services continuing to increase, Mr Ferguson said the sales made over the weekendwill help train more telephone counsellors.

He said Lifeline Central West has increasedits telephone counsellingvolunteer staff from 55 to 140.

“Weneed that number to take the calls; it’ssimple maths if the demand is higher weneed more people to answer the calls.”

Mr Ferguson said the amount of money people donated to the charity through the book fair was“quite humbling”.

“It really is quite amazing.”

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