Take it as read, Lifeline Bookfest is going to be big
SETTING up for Ipswich's annual Lifeline Bookfest has become something of a super human task.
From humble beginnings eight years ago, the major fundraiser for local counselling services now involves the packing and stacking of about 40 tonnes of books - all donated by the kind people of Ipswich.
Two Lifeline volunteers spend the entire year planning for Bookfest - but the effort is well worth it.
Lifeline business manager Colin Hannigan said this year's Bookfest could raise as much as $50,000 - 10 times as much as the inaugural sale could muster.
"We are looking at filling more than 100 tables this year, which would be our biggest Bookfest yet," Mr Hannigan said. "If we could walk away with $50,000 it would help us fund another counsellor, which would be great."
Books can also be donated to Lifeline during the three-day festival, to be held at the Ipswich Showgrounds main pavilion from 3-9pm on Friday and 9am-4pm on Saturday and Sunday.