Charity garage sale trail again

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Helping families of young people facing unexpected illness or medical conditions is the aim of the Teviot Valley Garage Sale Trail, returning next week on Saturday, November 9.

Event organiser Shirley Marsden, of Millers Flat, said this year’s trail had 47 locations across the valley, “the most we have ever had”.

Previous sale trails had provided funds for the families of Caleb Darling, having cancer treatment; Tyler Donaldson, who needed a liver transplant; Hunter Moore, who was born with a congenital heart disease; and Priscilla Kroeze, who was having cancer treatment before she passed away.

Mrs Marsden said last year there wasn’t a specific family in need “which was something to be grateful for” so a committee had been formed and money raised went into an account called Teviot Valley Kids Count.

Applications could be made to the fund for families living in the valley. The fund could help with expenses for youth, including petrol costs, groceries and parking costs for families having to travel for medical appointments or hospital treatments.

“Because that is always a problem when you have got a child in hospital.”

Interest in the sale trail had spread “from Bluff to Oamaru” and over 500 maps were sold last year.

“That was absolutely incredible.”

Individuals and businesses had generously provided sponsorship, prizes and donations towards the fundraiser, Mrs Marsden said.

Maps will go on sale at 8am on November 9 at Robbs Garage in Roxburgh, Benger Garden Cafe in Ettrick and Faigan’s Cafe in Millers Flat.