Our Craft and Gift Fair is not only about crafts and gifts, each year we hold this event to raise funds for our charities.
We were happy to be able to provide an opportunity for the Unicorn Foundation to be able to raise funds for their particular charity.
The Unicorn Foundation is the only Australian not-for-profit medical charity focused on neuroendocrine tumours (NET). Neuroendocrine tumours have, until recently, been overlooked by the medical community. Neuroendocrine tumours by nature are rare; manifest myriad clinical symptoms, many of which are non-specific, and are usually diagnosed late in their clinical course. Such behaviour has created a culture of misunderstanding and non-treatment by physicians. As a result, many patients have felt neglected and abandoned by a medical system that is only beginning to understand and grasp the complexities of the patient with neuroendocrine tumours.
Some of the organisations that received donations from this years Craft and Gift Fair were –
Asperger Services Australia, it is a volunteer not for profit organisation established in 1995, and provides support to parents, carers, families, individuals, service providers and professionals.
CleftPALS which stands for Cleft Palate and Lip Society. They are a national, voluntary group, comprising parents, relatives and professionals interested in the welfare of children born with cleft related conditions.
CleftPALS was started by two friends whose babies were born during the same week at the same hospital. They realised the support and guidance they gave each other should be available to all parents, particularly during the first year. They felt that parents who have the friendship and support of others who have experienced similar situations, can offer their children a parental relationship and a home environment free of the stress that might otherwise be present.
Their membership is in the majority from Queensland, but also from other states as well as overseas. The Queensland division of CleftPALS represents approximately 170 members.
This Craft and Gift Fair offered so much for everyone, Katie Sokolic the author of the Magic Quilt was there promoting her magical book.
This is a children’s picture book about the magical adventures of Toby and the patchwork quilt his mum has made for him. Toby adores his quilt and loves playing with it in imaginative and fun ways but also loves to snuggle under it when he is upset or disappointed. It is during these sad times that he discovers just what his quilt can do.
Katie is also the creator of the quilts and coordinating décor products.
Founder and Managing Director, Farina Murray of Arkliving, showed everyone how you could grow fresh herbs, on your boat or in your home This new little business has recently sprung up providing solutions for our urban and mobile lifestyles and promoting an earth friendly lifestyle, to help us become a little more self sufficient and do what we could all use a little more of in our lives – gardening.
She sells herb garden planters for use in boats or on balconies.
Forever Family Essentials
had the Aloe Family Essentials Pack which are some of the best personal care products. Janet was happy for us to stop in and talk to her about the benefits of this amazing product.
Our first On Stage presentation was a presentation by Dr Kathleen Berry she presented Fashion Design and Pattern Making. Whatever your body shape or size, she showed us how you can create garments that make you look good and feel great.
This presentation was followed by a fashion parade showing the beautiful fashions by Sobidah. Not only did we see the fashions we were able to try them on and purchase them on the day. As it was coming up for Melbourne Cup they incorporated some cute little fascinators in the parade, which came from another stall holder Alison Clark.
Anyone looking for that special piece to top off their Melbourne Cup outfit? It was hard to go past these breathtaking hats from Alison Clark.
After lunch we said hello to Zena Kennedy and heard her presentation on Let’s Start at the Very Beginning. What ever hobby that you have there are always the starting items that you will need. She shared with us the basics of card making and how to gather a starter kit together. It looks like you don’t need everything after all. This was very informative.