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Lifeline South West Vic event raises almost $13,000

By Jess Densley

A new Port Fairy book fair will become an annual event after it raised almost $13,000 on the weekend.

The Australia Day Long Weekend Book Fair, held at the First Port Fairy Sea Scouts Hall, was a Lifeline South West Vic fundraiser.

 Good cause: Visitors and residents flocked to the Port Fairy Australia Day Long Weekend Book Fair, raising almost $13,000 for Lifeline.

It was based on a similar three-day Lifeline event held in Warrnambool over Easter which raises about $20,000 annually.

Fundraising and sustainability manager Bess Slater said it was the first time the fair had been held in Port Fairy and organisers were overwhelmed at the community response.

The fair included pre-loved books, magazines and DVDs which were donated by the community and pallets of books which were shipped from Canberra for the event. “The feedback from tourists, people camping and locals has been positive and the support we had from the Port Fairy community was awesome,” Ms Slater said.

She said it was the perfect time to hold it with lots of people in town and the nearby surfboard swap and market made it a vibrant area.

It is hoped the fair will be a permanent fixture on the calendar. “We’d like to make it an annual event, providing we can get the quality stock from Lifeline Canberra.”

Ms Slater said they would now prepare for Warrnambool’s Easter book fair which begins on March 30 and called for anyone with donations to drop them at the Lifeline Warehouse at 577 Raglan Parade. The venue is yet to be confirmed.

Proceeds will go towards Lifeline’s crisis support and suicide prevention services, training and its 13 11 14 telephone counselling service.

Source: http://www.standard.net.au/

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