Lifeline turns another page with book fest
IT LOOKS like just a warehouse of books and pre-loved clothes but the annual Lifeline Book Fest is so much more than that.
Every $1 raised means the national charity organisation can afford to put another person in the 24 hour crisis call centre to answer the calls thousands of Australian's make every day when they are in need help.
The Lifeline Book Fest, which has been an annual event for over 15 years, kicks off tomorrow at Rockhampton Showgrounds at 10am and runs throughout the weekend until midday Sunday.
Thousands turned out to the event last year and Lifeline, part of Uniting Care Community, business manager Belinda Bath said she was expecting good numbers again this year.
"The book fest is our major fundraiser for the year where all revenue raised goes towards supporting the crisis telephone counselling number 131 114," she said.
"Suicide is on the rise sadly and the 131114 number reached one million calls last year which is pretty crazy, so the more money we raise the more people we can get in seats answering those calls.
"It's a really good event and sometimes families are doing it really tough so it's nice to help people out with cheap clothing for the kids and winter clothes and kids' books, they're always a popular seller.
"We've got a range of books, clothes going for $2, winter accessories and more."
The book fest is open from 10am-4pm tomorrow, 8.30am-4pm Saturday and 9am-midday on Sunday. If you are in need of help, call Lifeline on 13 11 14.
Somewhere in Australia there is a new call to Lifeline every 32 seconds.
Lifeline answers more than 2200 calls a day in Australia.
84% of online crisis chat contacts are between the ages of 25 and 44, with the main group being 25-34 years of age.
More than 40% of online crisis chat contacts are from rural and remote locations.
The overall suicide rate in 2014 was 12.0 per 100,000 in Australia. This is the highest rate in 10 years
The most recent Australian data (ABS, Causes of Death, 2014) reports deaths due to suicide in 2014 at 2,864