Rotary markets return in time for Mother's Day

Philip Gilderdale, Helen Pitt, Sue-anne Nixon and Susan Stewart raising funds for Rotary Ipomoea at the April markets.
Philip Gilderdale, Helen Pitt, Sue-anne Nixon and Susan Stewart raising funds for Rotary Ipomoea at the April markets.

The Rotary markets return this Saturday, and they're anticipating another terrific offering of local produce, hand-made items and gifts.

At the April market, there were 31 stalls and this one in the lead-up to Mother's Day should be a great opportunity both to enjoy a morning by the lake or buy a gift.

The markets are also a fundraising opportunity for Rotary Ipomoea, with a donation bucket at each market.

Donations are saved until they reach $100 to provide a disaster-relief Shelter Box.

These boxes are set up to support a family of 10 people facing crisis for three months.

At their April meeting, the club members voted to purchase another Shelter Box as the generous people of Forbes over the last 16 months had donated enough to purchase a Shelter Box.

The Shelter Box program is a charity that hand-delivers emergency shelter for families devastated by natural disaster and conflict.

Since its inception, ShelterBox has been intrinsically linked with Rotary.

Starting out as a club project in 2000, it has grown to become Rotary International's Project Partner for disaster relief.

ShelterBox works with Rotarians around the world to deliver emergency shelter and essential items following natural disaster and humanitarian crisis.