A few days back I noticed a garage sale ad that had been placed on egaragesales.com.au promoting an event that looked to support a good cause. If you havent seen the ad you can check it out by clicking here. As you can see, this event is one that holds special meaning, with all proceeds being donated to a family going through difficult times. Well, I think that its great to see something of this nature being done, and I am always out to help do my bit as well. Upon seeing the advertisement I asked Tracey, a friend of the family, if she would be interested in writing a more indepth article about what the market day is about, how it got started and how others can get involved. Below is her response, along with a special message from Melissa Ballantyne herself.
"We have been overwhelmed by the support and generosity received from the Local community and Our Lady of Mt Carmel School. This support has been ongoing for the past 8 months since Dean's diagnosis with Kidney Cancer. The Ballantyne Family would like to thank everyone for their kind thoughts and support especially since Dean's recent passing.
We hope that everyone enjoys Mini Market Day on Sat.11th October"
On Saturday the 11th of October we are holding a Mini Market Day Fundraiser from 9am to 4pm in the park opposite 50A Temple St Coorparoo. All of the funds raised from this event will be donated to the Ballantyne Family. This event has been unbelievably supported by Coorparoo and surrounding community including the unquestionable support of local businesses (they have been amazing), people from the area and specifically the Our Lady of Mt Carmel School & Parish community who have been so affected by the loss of a very close friend.
My husband and I first came up with the idea, many months ago, of having a garage sale at our home to try to raise some funds to help a very close friend and his family (wife and 3 children aged 10 years,6 years and 20 months old) who was battling cancer. We sent a couple of emails to friends from our daughters school, asking if anyone wanted donate any unwanted 2nd hand goods that we would could take and sell them to some raise money. We had no expectations but were instantly overwhelmed by the generosity of our community.
Within a couple of weeks we realised that what was going to be a small garage sale had quickly become much more then that, as the donations had already filled our garage and had started to overflow into our neighbours garage. We are lucky enough to live directly opposite a strip of parkland, perfect for this event when it then evolved into a market day. Within 2 weeks we had Brisbane City Council approval to use the park (they waived all fees without question), we had stall co-ordinators and dozens of volunteers to help us organise the day.
With endless donations, we have spent many hours sorting all of the second hand goods into huge stalls, of excellent quality, (Clothing, Jewellery and Accessories; Toys and Nursery; Books, CDs and DVDs; Homewares, Kitchen and Gifts; Furniture, Electrical and large items) filling up four garages.
We then decided that a sausage sizzle would be a great idea and local businesses instantly donated sausages, rolls, sauces, soft drinks, chips etc. We were able to source a Café style coffee van and some ladies from our school decided that a homemade cakes and treats stall would add more variety (and taste) to the event.
A friend from our school and I contacted many local businesses who donated prizes toward a raffle, which has now turned into a monster raffle with over 35 prizes including a wheelbarrow filled with over $500 worth of alcohol, a $450 Myer voucher, an Ipod Shuffle donated by the Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, a Parliamentary Wine Pack and many other prizes from local restaurants and retailers equating to over $4000 worth. We also had a jumping castle donated and have created a kiddies corner with a colouring in competition, badge making, slushies and a jelly bean guessing competition.
Unfortunately, about 4 weeks ago, our very good friend could no longer continue his fight with cancer and he passed away. This has only brought our community closer together and has made us all even more determined to make our market day a great success, this way we can continue to support his fabulous family and our good friends.
There are so many generous people, who have offered to and have put in so much time, money, donations and support that it has been a humbling and sometimes overwhelming experience. I am very proud of what we have achieved so far, as a supporting community and I hope this support flows into what I expect to be fun filled day on Saturday the 11th October.
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The Ballantyne Family Mini Market Day
11th October 2008
9:00am – 4:00pm
Temple St Coorparoo