Springing into Action


Handmade is passionate about giving to those who need it most. So, at every market, we invite different charities to benefit from your generosity. At the June event, the Vinnies Blanket Drive was a huge success. They took away a large supply of blankets, warm clothes and toiletries, thanks to your donations. Bosom Buddies collected your gold coins on the way in and were very grateful for the extra they made to help those dealing with breast cancer in the region.

The Spring Market has two very worthy charities, both already working hard to tell everyone that they’re coming, and both doing amazing work in Canberra.

Sweeten up with a tasty treat

The Newborn Intensive Care Foundation (NICF) Bake for Babies will be at the market. Their annual fundraising campaign supports the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Canberra’s Centenary Hospital for Women and Children. All funds raised from this campaign will go towards the purchase of a state-of-the-art ventilator. This will help sick and premature newborn babies breathe on their own and recover quicker. They say “life shouldn’t be a struggle when you are just a few hours old.” So, visit the Bake for Babies stall in the Budawang Building at the market, 7 & 8 September. There, you can indulge in a sweet treat. Over 1,000 cakes and sweet creations will be generously donated by professional Canberra bakers.


The time is right for a spring clean, so gather up all those household items that are cluttering up your home and donate them to someone in need at givit.org.au. GIVIT, a national not-for-profit organisation, matches public generosity with genuine need. GIVIT works to alleviate poverty by ensuring every charity has the items needed for the people they support. Through the website, charities request essential, quality items on behalf of their clients. GIVIT then matches these requests with items donated by the community. This ensures that our most vulnerable residents receive exactly what they need, when they need it the most.

GIVIT’s ACT Manager, Caroline Odgers says: “Donate that bike your kids have outgrown, the chest of drawers gathering dust in the garage or your still usable smart phone, laptop or tablet. These items will help a child get to school, a mum set up a new home after escaping domestic violence, or a person who has fallen into homelessness stay connected to the world, and to their loved ones.’’

GIVIT will be our door charity at the market. So even if you can’t donate items, they would be delighted to receive you gold coins on the way in. Thanks in advance, and we’ll see you on 7 & 8 September, 10am until 4pm.