Rotary Club of Kurri Kurri Sunrise members are hoping for a bit of “normality” when they kick off this year’s fundraising quest with their annual Craft De-Stash and Jumble Sale next month.
After the COVID-19 pandemic affected the organisation’s ability to accumulate funds in 2020, the timing of the Saturday 6 March event could not be better for the tireless volunteers.
“Coronavirus, and the subsequent restrictions, really hit us hard,” secretary Maria Ackermann said.
“We couldn’t have our raffles, trivia nights or any activities.
“So, we’re delighted we can host the Craft De-Stash and Jumble Sale, as well as the Craft Affair, again in 2021.
“But, it will be a COVIDSafe event.
“We’ve registered with the NSW Government and obtained a QR code.
“We’re also thankful of St Paul’s Anglican Church for allowing us the use of its hall in Lang Street.”
Locals and visitors alike can peruse the Craft De-Stash and Jumble Sale between 9am and 2pm.
“It’s the third time we’ve put it together,” Ms Ackermann said.
“Usually the response is pretty good, however we won’t complain if it’s even better [in 2021].
“The Craft De-Stash offers materials, wool, scrapbooking items, beads, jewellery – things like that.
“The Jumble Sale is more like a garage sale.
“We’ve opened it up for people to be involved, too.
“We’re hopeful of attracting up to 26 stalls; a lot of them book from one year to the next, which is very pleasing.
“The good thing is any money we raise stays in the area.
“It’ll go into a pool and, then in June, we’ll allocate it to various charities.
“Last year we donated a $15,000 tovertafel (a games console developed for people with cognitive challenges) to the RFBI Kurri Kurri Masonic Village.
“That was extremely well-received.”
Rotary Club of Kurri Kurri Sunrise will continue planning for its Craft Affair in November as well.
“It also takes place at St Paul’s Anglican Church – and is very popular,” Ms Ackermann said.
“It’s more about finished items, as opposed to next month’s event.”
If anyone is interested in having a stall, or you would like to join the organisation, phone treasurer Ann James on 0417 225 970 or secretary Maria Ackermann on 0417 681 971.