Thank you Illawarra for Book Fair success

Lifeline’s Big Book Fair has raised $136,985 for Lifeline South Coast services in the Illawarra and South Coast including the 24-hour crisis support service on 13 11 14. 

The three-day event held over the weekend showcased 80,000 books displayed in over 50 categories. More than 5,500 customers came through the door at the Illawarra Sports Stadium, Berkeley. Check out the awesome photos taken by the Illawarra Mercury 

Lifeline South Coast CEO, Rachel Norris, has thanked the community for their ongoing support of the Fair.

“Our Big Book Fairs are such wonderful community events. We continue to be overwhelmed by the amazing support the community shows our Book Fair. From donating books all year round, to coming along and buying up big at the event – the Illawarra community is so generous,” she said.

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 support service on 13 11 14. 

Sadly, suicide remains the leading cause of death for Australian’s aged 15-44 – we lose 8 Australians every day. At Lifeline, we believe suicide is preventable and we all have a role to play.

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.

Last year, Lifeline South Coast answered more than 23,500 calls on the 24-hour telephone crisis support service – 13 11 14.

To find out more about our Book Fair fundraising events, please visit the Book Fair page or contact us for more information. 

For 24-hour telephone crisis support, call Lifeline on 13 11 14

If life is in danger, call 000

Lifeline South Coast would like to acknowledge the lives that have been lost to suicide. We are committed to supporting those with a lived experience of suicide and aim to reduce the stigma around seeking help for poor mental health and suicidal crisis.