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Making a difference . . . Among those who supported last year's Teviot Valley Kids Count garage sale trail were (from left) Katrina van de Water, of Roxburgh, Susan Reipma, of Tuturau, and Isobel Currie, of Roxburgh. PHOTO: THE NEWS FILES 

ALEXIA.JOHNSTON
@alliedpress.co.nz

A garage sale trail has helped top up the Teviot Valley Kids Count fund to the tune of $2463.

The annual event, hosted in the first weekend of November, raised $1500 and that figure has climbed over recent months as people continue to give to the cause.

People who host a garage sale as part of the trail pay $15 and maps locating those garage sales are sold for $2.

That money goes directly to the cause.

Money made from items given specifically for sale during the event also goes to the cause, along with other monetary donations made on the day.

Among the many people who helped boost the fund was Brooke Reichel, who used her own photographs to create a 2019 calendar.

She raised $800 from the project, which she has placed in the fund.

Committee member Shirl Marsden said the community’s generosity had been “amazing”.

She thanked everyone who had supported the cause.

“Everyone in the Teviot Valley has been so generous in giving their time and donations,” she said.

“People have even sold stuff on our [community’s] local buy-sell noticeboard and given the money to this. It’s just amazing.”

The fund has been set up in memory of the late Priscilla Kroeze (22), who had cancer.

She received money raised in 2017 and it was her wish that a fund be set up so more people could benefit.

Mrs Marsden said that was why the small committee of about six people had worked hard to establish the fund – not just to benefit others, but to follow Ms Kroeze’s wishes.

“Our aim for this fund is to support young people up to the age of 18 years old from the Teviot Valley who have life-threatening illnesses. We plan to provide assistance to them during their illness,” she said.

“The assistance will be in the form of vouchers to the young person, or their families.”