The Sally Blenkhorn Foundation will hold a fundraising market at the Reece High School Auditorium this Saturday, September 1 from 9am-2pm in an effort to raise money to support families living in extreme poverty in the Philippines.
It has been four years since Sally Blenkhorn from Latrobe, tragically lost her life, just two months before her 20th birthday, in a motorbike accident on the Gold Coast; however her memory has not been forgotten.
Last year her sister, Sarah Elliot, established the Sally Blenkhorn Foundation as a legacy to her sister’s name and to support some of the poorest families in the Philippines.
“We chose the Philippines because Sally had a love of the country, especially being half Filipino herself,” Sarah said, who is also president of the Foundation.
On a recent trip to the Philippines Sarah and the Foundation identified a particular family in desperate need of support, the Ando Family.
“The father in the family had just passed away leaving mum, who has no hands, to support her family of five. It was realised then that they needed assistance,” says Sarah. “We are in the process of spreading the support to other families in the area but we need help from others,” Sarah said.
The Maker’s Market will offer items such as jewellery and crafts for sale with all proceeds going towards the Foundation. As well as the market Sarah says people are able to donate, making it easy for anyone to help those less fortunate.
“If people want to help, all we ask is for a donation of $2 a week. 100% of donations go to the families and there are no administration fees, “ Sarah said.
She knows how proud her sister would be if she could see the amazing difference the foundation and community are making to these families.
“A smile spreads across my face when I think about how Sally would feel about the foundation and what it represents. I know she would be extremely happy that we are doing our bit to help others who are suffering, she would have done the same.”
So far, there has been an outpouring of support from the local community for the work the Foundation is doing and Sarah says she hopes this continues this on Saturday at the market.
“The more support we can get, the more families we can reach in the Philippines and change their lives in a positive way.”