Bargain hunters make a difference to people in crisis

June 12, 2019

Brisbane book lovers can buy up big at the upcoming Brisbane Lifeline Bookfest, and help save lives as part of the bargain, with all funds raised supporting Lifeline’s Crisis Support line.

The event will feature over 22 semi-trailer loads of books, comics, magazines, records, stationery, puzzles, vinyl, board games and sheet music spanning 4.5km of tables.

Lifeline Queensland Manager Lee-Anne Borham encouraged locals to dig deep, saying their purchases could help save a life.

“Lifeline provides a vital service for Australians who are doing it tough and may not know where to turn,” said Ms Borham.

“When people are at their most vulnerable, they can feel that their lives are spiralling out of control, and begin to have thoughts of suicide. In those moments, they need a nonjudgemental and compassionate listening ear.”

Ms Borham said having the courage to call Lifeline in a time of need is an important first step.

“Sometimes when a person is really struggling, it’s hard for them to see a way out of the darkness,” she said.

“When they call Lifeline, we take the time to understand them and where they’re coming from. We are able to provide information about local services that can provide them with ongoing support. We give them hope.

“Last year, Lifeline Queensland answered 170,000 calls from people in need.

“With the help of Queenslanders, we can answer more calls and ensure people are given the support they need.”

Brisbane Lifeline Bookfest runs from Saturday June 15 to Sunday June 23 at Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre. Funds raised from the event will go towards funding the Lifeline Queensland’s 13 11 14 Crisis Support Line.

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Ellen McGruer 0439 765 048