Craft Ladies raise thousands for charities

With a catered lunch, Christmas Carols, a live band and some jovial conversations, it was easy to get into the Christmas spirit early as Living Choice Kawana Island held its annual Christmas Craft Fair on Friday 18th November. Organiser, Janne Bernhard, said a record amount had been raised this year.

Around 10 ladies make up the Craft Group and over the past year, they have spent a lot of time in their craft area preparing gifts for sale at the Christmas Craft Fair.

All proceeds from the year have been divided three-ways: $2,000 donated to Buddina State School, $2,000 donated to St Vincent de Paul and $2,000 donated to The Board Meeting Surf Charity.

Looking at their Tally Board, the craft group has now donated over $23,000 to local schools, charity organisations and flood and drought relief. And this doesn’t include the continuous donations of knitted goods, quilts and food to the Salvation Army and St Vincent de Paul.

Janne said they raised $2,600 from the craft fair last week, which was their biggest sale to date.

With such a large attendance of over 90 people on the day, it was a great time to buy Christmas gifts ranging from baked goods and plants to LED light candles, to name a few, while also enjoying the carolling and music from the band.

Living Choice Kawana Island resident, Beverly Spencer generously donated one of her husband’s paintings and so far, this has raised $600 in the raffle.

Janne said, “We are a small group of people but it’s amazing how many residents donate to the craft group”.

Thank you to Janne and her team, the residents and families who gave support on the day and all those who donated items throughout the year.