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Lifeline Canberra's biggest ever Bookfair

February Bookfair Wrap-Up

TUESDAY 14 FEBRUARY 2017

Our first Bookfair for the year was held last Friday to Sunday (10 to 12 Feb) at Exhibition Park and was by far our biggest ever Bookfair!

When we arrived first thing Friday morning, we were delighted to see so many book lovers already lining up - with one dedicated customer even camping overnight to be the first in line! By 8.30am, the queue had snaked from the entrance to the Coorong Pavilion all the way down and around the back of the Budawang Pavilion! Patrons waiting in the queue were studying the map and index, planning their visit.

We opened the doors at 9am and patrons wasted no time, rushing into the building, straight to their favourite sections. It took over 10 minutes for the queue to enter the building and we had over 1,500 people through the doors in the first hour. Fantastic!

Saturday's Family Day kicked off with balloons and face painting for the kids by the talented Gecko Gang. We were also lucky to have the team from Pure Gelato on Saturday and Sunday to help keep us cool with their delicious treats!

It was heart-warming to see how many customers had brought food to donate to the Communities@Work food drive. Over 480 items were donated to help stock the organisation's community pantries and support people experiencing hardship.

Despite the heat, we had a record-breaking 20,000 people through the doors over the three days!

Thanks to ...

Special thanks to our warehouse and bookfair volunteers who work so hard to make the event possible. Thanks also to our event partners and supporters; Icon Water, Exhibition Park, Storage King, Hertz, Canberra Outlet Centre, ANU Centre for Continuing Education, SBX, JJ Richards, Kennards, Prime7, Canberra Weekly, Leader Security, Coordinate, Even Dots Creative, Promo Concepts, Artcraft Signs, Bunnings, Supabarn Casey and Supagas Mitchell. And of course, thanks to the Canberra community and those who travelled from around the country to attend and support our life-saving work!

Lost property …

We had a number of items handed in at the Bookfair, they're currently safe in our office waiting to be reunited with their owners. If you lost anything at the Bookfair, please call us on 02 6171 6300 (you'll be asked to identify your lost property).

Competition winner …

Congratulations to Paul Calbert who won a $50 Bunnings gift card through our mailing list subscription competition! Thanks to everyone who entered.

What's next ...

Our hard-working volunteers are back at the warehouse getting ready for our Southside Bookfair in July!

>> Click here to see all future Bookfair dates