Community garage sale raises almost $12,000

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A huge community garage sale aimed at raising money for Ronald McDonald House in Invercargill was an overwhelming success yielding almost $12,000.

The excellent medical care baby Henry McRae received in the first few months of his life at Southland Hospital and Starship hospital in Auckland before he died, prompted his mother Justine to raise funds for Ronald McDonald House.

The Edendale woman hosted the monster garage sale.

“My family have spent a lot of time in RMH in Invercargill and in Auckland, and hence the motivation to give back in some way,” Mrs McRae said.

“We really felt a strong need to give back, so it’s very important to us,” she said.

The care the family received from all the health professionals involved with Henry’s care was faultless, Mrs McRae said.

The Garage Sale on Saturday was a huge success, with a massive turn out, a lot of Edendale and Wyndham people, but also people from Gore and Invercargill attended the fundraiser.

“It was obvious that majority were there to really support RMH as much as they could,” Mrs McRae said.

People were upping the prices for items, she said.

“We had such a massive amount of garage sale items that there was so much still left over, we made the choice to open again on Sunday morning for four hours and advertise for people to come and fill a box for $10,” she said.

Majority of the people on Sunday people paid at least $20, she said.

All the left over goods were delivered to The Hospice shop in Gore.

“We had some really yummy baking and preserves that were very popular and snapped up early on,” she said.

The raffle was a massive success, selling more than 1400 tickets.

“I think most people saw it as an easy way to make a donation.”

” I would like to thank all of the local businesses that donated items for either the raffle or the silent auctions.”

“Overall it was a whole community fundraiser .. I most definitely could not have pulled it off on my own and I really want to thank all our close friends and family that made it as successful as it was, and also to Helen Walker, the amazing lady behind Ronald McDonald House Invercargill.

“She was out there with us, giving a helping hand.”

It seems a similar event will be held next year.

“I have already started thinking of how we could improve it for next time.”