Fay Derby and volunteer Neil Sims at the garage sale.
Fay Derby and volunteer Neil Sims at the garage sale.

Charity funds help overseas

JENNY Sims has done a lot of community work during her life but rates being involved with Sue Johnson and the Mahboba's Promise fundraising as the most gratifying.

“I really enjoy it,” she said.

Mrs Sims and Gail O'Loughlin are at the Johnson home at 15 Freestone Road between 9am and noon each Thursday and one Saturday a month for garage sales which raise funds for Mahboba's Promise, an organisation which provides housing, schooling, equipment and training to those in need in Afghanistan.

In a break from tradition, the monthly Saturday garage sale at the weekend was for a different cause – a trip to Uganda by the Aboriginal singers, The United Voices of Harmony, to build a school.

Mrs Sims said they raised about $500.

“That is a good result considering most items were $2 or less,” she said.

Ms O'Loughlin said the Mahboba's Promise fund-raising was great as it helped kids.

“I like volunteering here. There is no interference, we just get on and do it,” she said.

With light rain falling on Saturday morning, they sold out of umbrellas so hope more are donated in coming weeks.

Neil Sims is a volunteer who does all the maintenance around the garage sale area.

“I would like to volunteer in Afghanistan one day to help out or build something for the people,” Mr Sims said.

Selina Mahler lives in the Freestone Road and said she always drove past the sale site slowly to keep on eye on what was for sale.


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