By

Carol Russell

The Rotary Club of West Pennant Hills and Cherrybrook charted in 1987 runs an annual garage sale in October that has been operating since 1993 and has become an iconic event for bargain hunters and those wanting to help people. Despite the rain, the $36,000 raised, exceeded expectations. Preparation occurs across the year with the sale date set in November and preparation starting in April then ramping up in the two months before the sale.

The event could not happen without the assistance of the club’s 40 Rotarians, local businesses donating equipment and goods, the Rural Fire Service, the Girl Guides and community volunteers. Around 100 people work in various roles on the sale days.

The sale has a fun atmosphere. Our BBQ, the Delhi Heights’ Indian restaurant (Dural) stall and Rotarian Ricardo’s Lebanese food stall were very popular. Face painting and balloon animals helped create a party atmosphere. The food, and goods sold provide the Club with money to support Rotary’s mission, which is to provide service to others, promote integrity, and advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through its fellowship of business, professional, and community leaders.

Due to the rain this year we successfully operated across two sites with the willing assistance of the Cherrybrook Uniting Church and their covered garage.

The gold coin entry provided customers with a raffle ticket and an estimate of how many people visit (over 1200 year). This year the entry money will be donated to farmers for drought assistance. The raffle winners were: Erika (West Pennant Hills), Julie (Castle Hill) and Joanna (Cherrybrook). The Bric-a-brac raffle was one by Jenny (Cherrybrook).

At the end of the sale the left-over goods were donated to The Salvation Army, Providential Homes and Wayside further supporting people who need help.

We thank all our business supports, volunteers and customers for the success of our sale and look forward to another one next year.

If you are interested in joining our Rotary club, please call 0412 812 624 or visit http://www.wphcrotary.org/.