Rose City Country Markets organiser Pat Johnstone has donated part of the site fees from the last market to the Warwick Community Christmas Lunch.
Rose City Country Markets organiser Pat Johnstone has donated part of the site fees from the last market to the Warwick Community Christmas Lunch. Gerard Walsh

Markets hand out Christmas bonus to community lunch

FOR many Christmas is a charitable time of year.

This year, the Rose City Country Market organisers have shown their generosity, donating to the Warwick Community Christmas Lunch.

Organiser Pat Johnstone said a percentage of the site fees from the 32 stallholders on Sunday was donated along with proceeds from the $50 stallholders draw.

"When I saw the community Christmas lunch I thought 'what a great idea'," she said.

"I want to help out somehow."

Warwick Community Christmas Lunch organisers had a stall of their own on the day, and weren't charged a fee.

Mrs Johnstone said any charities that had a stall at the markets wouldn't be charged a site fee.

"The Warwick Animal Welfare also used to pay a site fee but we've waived it for them," she said.

It's been a big year for the Rose City Country Markets, with stallholder attendance dropping from 40 to a dozen mid-year.

"We've had a real resurgence in the past few months - it's a reward for sticking in there," Mrs Johnstone said.

The next Rose City Country Markets will be held on Sunday, January 10.



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