Bargain hunters out in their thousands for Lifeline Bookfest

THE Chronicle Lifeline Bookfest has raised more than $50,000 for some of the region's most disadvantaged families.

A steady stream of more than 14,000 bargain-hunting bookworms scoured through crates of reading material over the weekend.

Lifeline Darling Downs CEO Derek Tuffield took a rare break from the counting room at lunchtime yesterday to speak about the event.

"We've been packing up tables as they empty - so far we've already packed about 220 of the 550, so that gives an indication of how many books have been walking out the door," he said.

"It has been an amazing couple of days.

"People have so many books that they're wheeling full trolleys out and backing their cars up.

"It has certainly been a bonanza Bookfest for us this year.

"We had ticks all round - the crowds, the support, the weather and the quality of books."

Mr Tuffield said it was the first time in five years the event had broken the $50,000 fundraising mark.



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