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5 August, 2021

50,000 books on sale now

VINNIES Queensland is gearing up for its biggest Cairns Mega Book Sale yet, with more than 50,000 books on offer throughout the massive four-day sale, with all proceeds going to help Vinnies provide vital support for the Far North Queensland community.

The sale is happening this weekend (Friday to Sunday) with doors opening 9am–3pm each day and will be hosted at the site of what will soon be Vinnies’ second-largest retail shop in Queensland, giving locals a sneak-peek before the shop officially launches later this month.

The Mega Book Sale features books donated from the local Cairns City Library across a wide range of genres, from art and photography, history, health, food and drink, children’s, teens and young adult, gardening, self-help, and fiction and non- fiction, with no book price over $3.00.

Vinnies Far North Queensland Retail Operations Manager, Katrina Lee said with 50,000 books on offer, locals can feel good grabbing a bargain while knowing all proceeds will go to help the more than 2,300 people in Cairns currently experiencing homelessness.

“From children’s books to your favorite novels, and everything in between, this year’s Vinnies Mega Book Sale hopes to raise more than $40,000 to go directly towards vital homelessness services across Far North Queensland including emergency and food assistance, housing and homelessness support,” she said.

“These services are more important than ever in light of the economic impacts we’re seeing from the pandemic.

“We have hardcover and softcover books for $2–$3, or you can fill a Vinnies bag for $25. It’s a great way to support our vulnerable community members, with some of these books normally selling for upwards of $25 each.”

With thousands of Cairns locals expected through the doors over the four-day event which coincides with National Homelessness Week, the sale will comply with the current social distancing and check-in requirements of Queensland Health.

The sale is on this weekend at the Showground Shopping Centre, Mulgrave Road.

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