We never charge you to enter the Handmade Market. We want you to enjoy the event and support Australian small business without an entry fee. However, we always ask that you support not only small business, but also local community organisations that are raising vital funds for great causes.
At the Handmade Market on 28 & 29 July, we will be giving two such charities the opportunity to raise funds. The first is our door charity, Anglicare. In NSW and ACT this organisation supports the elderly, the homeless and families who are having a hard time through its “survive and thrive” approach. This approach addresses short and long term needs. Survive meets immediate critical needs through emergency relief, food and crisis accommodation. Thrive meets longer term needs to break the cycle of poverty and help children in particular to thrive emotionally and educationally so the cycle of poverty can be broken. Anglicare is proud to build stronger families, through emergency food relief, crisis housing, parenting programs, community playgroups, youth education and engagement programs. It is also making a difference – Last year Anglicare supported 7075 individuals and families with emergency food relief. During the Carwoola Fires last year, Peter, a volunteer member of the Rural Fire Service was helping to evacuate other families whilst his own home was lost in the blaze.
“I went to the evacuation centre and the team from Anglicare gave me toiletries and other items. Even found a cricket outfit so my son could still play in his team the next day. I’m so thankful to everyone who helped us” says Peter. By making a gold coin donation to Anglicare at the Handmade Market, you’ll be helping make a difference in the lives who need it most.
Within the market, a stall has been allocated to the Newborn Intensive Care Foundation’s “Bake for Babies” cake sale. The Newborn Intensive Care Foundation (NICF) is in its 23rdyear of raising vitally needed funds for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Canberra’s Centenary Hospital for Women and Children. The NICF helps fund medical equipment, research and education for the NICU. Bake for Babies is a fundraising campaign to assist the NICF in its fundraising efforts and will be selling mouth-watering handmade baked creations donated by professional Canberra bakers. All funds raised by Bake for Babies will go towards the purchase of four CO2/Oxygen monitors that help prevent blindness, lung damage and brain damage in sick and premature babies admitted to the NICU. Buy a beautiful cake and help this amazing local cause.