Tucked away at the back of the Kingston Centre site in Warrigal Road Cheltenham is a hidden gem. The Moorabbin Lions Book Shop has been a fundraiser for patients at the Centre since 2002 and has raised thousands of dollars in that time.
The den has a large stock of good quality fiction (sorted by author) and non-fiction second-hand books, including children’s books, as well as DVDs, CDs and vinyl, and most items are priced from $1 to $5. Due to frequent generous donations from the public, the stock is constantly changing, and because it’s operated by members of the Moorabbin Lions Club every cent raised goes towards helping the patients at the Centre.
Last year the shop had a much needed facelift and was officially re-opened by Nick Staikos, MP for Bentleigh, in the presence of Jakqui Barnfield, Executive Director at the Kingston Centre.
On 21 June this year members of the Moorabbin Lions who work at the shop presented Dr Barnfield with a cheque for $4,250 to purchase two Sarah Stedy machines to assist with patient care.
Members of the Lions Book Shop volunteer staff present Dr Jakqui Barnfield with a cheque. From left to right: Tony, Robyn, Di, Jakqui, Mike and Cerise
The book shop is open on the fourth Saturday of every month (except Dec) from 9 to 4pm, with a lunchtime sausage sizzle (Enter via Kingston Road and follow signs to free parking). There are plans to have a monthly open day for staff and visitors during the week, dates to be advised.