Monster of a sale helps pay the rent
A NEW domestic violence emergency shelter for women and children is a step closer to opening its doors in Warwick following a monster garage sale fundraiser at the weekend.
The garage sale was held at the Warwick Community Baptist Church grounds on Saturday from 7.30am.
Sale co-ordinator Michael Luck said the church's fundraising efforts would be an ongoing process to support the shelter which would open early next month.
“The first six months' rent for the shelter has been paid and hopefully our efforts will help pay rent for the next six months, so that a year's rent is paid up front,” Mr Luck said.
“It is an essential need and unfortunately there are families that are torn apart and need this kind of service.
“We are pleased with the community and local businesses that have supported us by giving us items for the sale.”
Westpac Warwick branch manager Jenny Cooper said it was good to support a worthy cause.
“A lot of people are willing to pay more for an item than it's actually worth. A lot of people are giving us money rather than us having to ask them,” Ms Cooper said.
“We were up early at 6am getting all the stuff out in the frost. It's a good turn-out.
“You never know when a friend or a family member might need to use the shelter.”