University partners with Lifeline Bookfairs

21 September 2014

The ANU Centre for Continuing Education has formed a new partnership to support Lifeline Canberra’s major fundraising Bookfairs.

The Spring Bookfair was held over the past weekend, with around 12,000 book lovers attending over three days.

The University partnership is designed to promote lifelong learning within the Canberra community, and to help promote courses run by the Centre for Continuing Education.

Centre for Continuing Education manager Damien Hughes said the new partnership was a good fit for ANU, and would help promote both learning and the good work done by Lifeline to prevent suicide.

“Our partnership with Lifeline Canberra Bookfair provides ANU with an opportunity to promote learning opportunities within the community through our various short courses, in association with a highly-respected brand,” Mr Hughes said.

“The value of continuing education is significant as it is a great way to improve your skills and knowledge and remain engaged with the community”.

Under the partnership, pamphlets outlining courses at the Centre for Continuing Education were handed out with every purchase, and ANU will donate $10 to Lifeline to anyone who enrols in a course and mentions the Lifeline Bookfair at time of enrolment.

Lifeline Canberra CEO Carrie-Ann Leeson welcomed the ANU partnership with the Bookfairs.

“To bring on a brand as reputable as the ANU, speaks volumes for the incredible work of our tireless volunteers who have produced the best Bookfair in the country for over 40 years,” Ms Leeson said.

She said the Bookfairs help fund the organisation so it can train volunteers to answer calls from people in crisis.

For information about Lifeline, visit

The Lifeline 24-hour crisis line is 13 11 14.