Lindy Hawkins, of Goonellabah, with some of the goods available in the garage sale on Sunday.
Lindy Hawkins, of Goonellabah, with some of the goods available in the garage sale on Sunday. Jacklyn Wagner

Garage sale to make change

IT WAS while making an online donation Goonellabah resident Lindy Hawkins decided she needed to do more about the humanitarian crisis in Kenya and Somalia.

So she went about organising a garage sale fundraising event, to be held on Sunday.

“I recently went online to make a donation and it just didn’t feel like it was enough,” Ms Hawkins said.

“I decided to gather some possessions from around the house that I still love, but don’t use much anymore.”

Ms Hawkins is encouraging the local community to get involved.

“Children are dying and the camps are so overcrowded on the Kenyan and Somalian border,” she said.

“There are at least 130,000 people and probably more that aren’t getting fed or cared for.

“We can’t wait for the government to act. Donations and ongoing support is all we can do.

“I’ve had people bring some things over and it looks like we’ll have plenty up for sale on the day.”

As well as a large assortment of new, used and vintage goods, tickets will be sold for a Les Evans original painting worth $800.

The sale will start at 9am with the winner of the painting drawn at 4pm.

Lismore volunteer group Bill’s Team will help run the event at 532 Ballina Rd, Goonellabah.

“It helps when you have a group behind you to help out,” Ms Hawkins said.

“I’ve been involved in Cancer Council morning teas and I’m looking forward to this.

“It’s a good way to raise awareness and keep the humanitarian crisis fresh in everyone’s mind.”

All proceeds will go to the United Nations refugee agency and the Doctors without Borders medical group.



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