Coledale Markets is on again this weekend, and just in time to get some Christmas shopping done!
The markets are an excellent place to meet up with friends, planned or unplanned, to grab something to eat, and to have a browse through the amazing treasures on offer.
Sure beats a shopping mall!
But the community and the stallholders are not the only winners from this gorgeous little ‘market by the sea’.
Since they began 13 years ago, Coledale Markets have pumped thousands of dollars back into the local community via their contribution to Coledale Public School
BBQ co-ordinator Jen Pope says a fee is paid to the school for use of the facilities, but the P&C also runs the monthly sausage sizzle, which is one of the school’s major fundraisers.
“Each month, parents and carers volunteer to cook up a frenzy of traditional BBQ delights, including snag sambos, steak sangas and the ever-popular bacon and free-range egg rolls.
“It’s consistently one of our biggest fundraisers, raising more than $8000 every year.”
Jen says Coledale School is small so doesn’t benefit from a lot of Government funding. They’ve been able to use the BBQ money to provide facilities for the kids, including:-
-Maintenance and support of a permaculture garden
-Literary and Science Resources ($10,000)
-Music Programs – (on their way)
“This year and next our priority is the purchase of an outdoor kitchen, which we are currently raising funds for,” says Jen. “This fantastic resource will be used to support the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Program, and we hope to have it available to hire out to the general community for events.
“We have received generous donations from many local businesses including Coledale SLSC and the Coledale RSL. In addition, at last year’s Presentation Day, local MP Lee Evans announced we were successful in winning a Community Building Partnership Grant for $26,000 to be used to help buy the kitchen!
“Without the markets there would be no BBQ, so we are eternally grateful to Jenny and Lara and their team for all the hard work they do. It’s a fantastic community event and we love being a part of it!”