We don’t charge you to come to the Handmade Market. Instead, we ask that you give a gold coin donation at the door to the charity we have selected. We have helped a number of local organisations to raise much needed funds this way, and the June Market is no exception. On 29 & 30 June, our door charity will be Bosom Buddies, an organisation of volunteers who provide personal support to breast cancer patients and their families and supporters in the ACT and surrounding region. All the volunteers have experienced breast cancer personally or through loved ones. They are committed to providing support to every person in our community who is going through breast cancer treatment. They raise awareness in our community about breast cancer and the importance of early detection. So please bring your gold coins and give generously.


But also, please empty out your cupboards and bring along warm clothing, blankets, sleeping bags and supplies for the annual Vinnies Blanket Drive. The Vinnies Night Patrol Vans provide a mobile outreach service to those on the streets of Canberra every night of the year. The enthusiastic volunteers offer practical support through refreshments, blankets and warm clothing and friendly faces to those in need, primarily the homeless. As temperatures drop, essential winter items such as blankets and warm jackets become increasingly important for those on our streets. Night Patrol is solely reliant on community and corporate support and donations.

That’s where you come in. Vinnies will have a stall in the Budawang Building at the Handmade Market on 29 & 30 June. There, they will gladly collect warming clothes, blankets, sleeping bags and toiletries so they can give them out to the people who need them the most. They say that if you’d be happy giving one of your used items to a friend, they’re good to give to Vinnies. Anything you have that’s in good condition but no longer needed will be perfect. We are always so amazed by the response we receive at each Winter Market and we hope that 2019 will exceed everyone’s hopes so that we can help Vinnies to help Canberrans. Thank you in advance.