Lifeline in Toowoomba was originally founded on the 20th July 1975. Lifeline Nationally is an essential service which provides a comprehensive range of services including the national 24 hours telephone counselling service 13 11 14. Throughout Australia there are 41 Lifeline Centres, half of which are in rural, regional or isolated communities. The model of being embedded in local communities dates back to the opening of the first Lifeline Centre in Australia at Parramatta, Sydney in 1963.
The Lifeline Darling Downs & South West Queensland Bookfest is an annual fundraising event. The 32nd Lifeline Bookfest will be held on 3 & 4 March 2012, and attracts some 12,000 attendees. The event is The Founders Pavilion at the Toowoomba Showgrounds, located in Toowoomba. Bookfest is set up over five days, including 500 tables and 300 pallets over a 4,000 square metre area. The first Bookfest raised $600 in 1980, and in 2011 collected $53,500 in proceeds. The Bookfest continues to grow, and in 2012 will host 65 tonnes of books; all priced less than five dollars except in the high quality section, and caters for a number of genres, including: Romance, Hardbacks, Paperbacks, Gardening, War and Westerns etc. The Lifeline Bookfest is relatively unique in its operation and attracts buyers from all areas of Queensland and New South Wales to the event.
Lifeline Darling Downs & South West Queensland Limited relies on financial support from local communities and from State and Federal Governments. You can help support the services Lifeline provides by making donations through Lifeline clothing bins and by “Shopping the Lifeline Way”. Lifeline seeks and acknowledges the support of its dedicated volunteers and the wider general community in enabling it to maintain its valuable services in Toowoomba, on the Darling Downs and South West Queensland.
Lifeline is a non-profit organisation committed to serving the local communities.