Tell us about you:
My name is Kylie, and I am a local small business owner, and a volunteer with Grans Van.
Why do you fundraise?
In 2013 I became aware, after meeting one of the workers, of crisis accommodation for young people. I felt that I just really wanted to help in some way, so when I had some extra money, I would buy toiletries and drop these off to the crisis accommodation. Over time and after a few visits I saw that new sheets, towels, pots, and pans would be also beneficial, so I held two garage sales at the Melrose Fire Brigade. I asked the local community to donate items they no longer wanted or needed so I could sell them, with all proceeds being donated to the crisis accommodation.
Where did this lead?
For my husband’s 60th birthday we had a band play in our yard and asked everyone that came to donate money instead of bringing a gift. This money was then donated to the crisis accommodation. Since then, over the past 2 years, we have held various parties with live music asking those who attend to donate money for the crisis accommodation.
Why do you continue to raise money?
I feel it is really important for everyone to have a roof over their head and a safe place, but it is particularly important for young people.
We are so grateful for Kylie and other community members who support us, and in particular support those in our community.
Thank you, Kylie, and an extended thank you to all our funders.