Esperance Cancer Council Fundraising Group to hold final garage sale

Years of service: Group members Trixie Edmondson, Yvonne O'Dea, Ann Lewis, Betty Keitel and Jean Handley prepare for the garage sale. Photo: Sarah Makse.
Years of service: Group members Trixie Edmondson, Yvonne O'Dea, Ann Lewis, Betty Keitel and Jean Handley prepare for the garage sale. Photo: Sarah Makse.

After more than 30 years of service, the Esperance Cancer Council Fundraising Group will hold a final garage sale on Saturday, November 16, before closing for good.

Group and community members have donated a wide range of preloved items that will be on sale from 8.30am to 1pm at 25 Randell Street, Esperance.

There will be will be plenty of goods on offer including; potted plants, books, puzzles, crockery, kitchenware and much more.

For more than three decades, the group has raised about $10,000 a year for Cancer Council WA, hosting fashion parades, bake sales, luncheons and raffles.

Despite their success, the group decided to shut down this year after a struggle to recruit new members and held their final meeting on September 10.

President Ann Lewis said all the money raised at the garage sale will be delivered to Cancer Council WA marking their last donation.

"The idea was that we will sell what we own, but people have heard and are very generously bringing things," she said.

"We want to send as much money as possible to Crawford and Milroy Lodge as our final hurrah."

The charity started as a support group for those battling cancer in the mid-1980s and became a fundraising group in 1988.

Funds raised have supported years of research and the Cancer Council's Crawford and Milroy Lodges which offer free accommodation to regional and rural patients receiving treatment in Perth.

Mrs Lewis said the group was sad to close, but thanked the Esperance community and local businesses for their years of support.

"Without them we couldn't of raised the money we have raised, it is a very generous community," she said.

"It's a lovely group of people to be working with, that fellowship side to meeting will be missed."

Former president Trixie Edmondson said she was proud of the group's achievements and that they were able to do their part to support those touched by cancer.

"We couldn't change their life too much, but hopefully it did make some things a little bit better," she said.