A community garage sale to assist in the continuation of volunteer based Moah’s Ark Yarrawonga Wildlife Rescue Shelter will be held this Saturday from 8am-1pm.
The day will finish with a fantastic Stockyard Show featuring Tamworth Gold Guitar winning singer Travis Sinclair and talented horseman Wayne Hinchcliffe.
For more than 10 years Yarrawonga’s Citizen of the Year Loretta Saunders’ has voluntarily provided a wildlife shelter and emergency rescue service tending to native animals of all shapes, sizes and varieties twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. Costing about $20,000 annually, Loretta is committed to the shelter and its valuable service but relies on the support of many volunteers and donations from the community.
To assist with the fundraising for the shelter a community garage will help raise valuable funds from householders and businesses paying a nominal fee to be a part of the sale. Funds will also be raised from selling maps, highlighting where various sales will be.
Loretta and dedicated volunteer Frank came up with the unique idea of a community garage sale after seeing it in other towns.
“It’s a great way to get everyone involved and educated about the shelter,” Frank said.
“We are committed to continuing this valuable not for profit service in the town but we do need assistance.
“We already have support from Hargraves Solicitors and North East Dental Solutions for the event but are keen to get as many businesses and residents involved as we can,” he said.
“Wayne Hinchcliffe has generously offered to host his stockman’s show for the event. We will have various raffles and will also have an Information Wildlife Rescue Marque erected in the main street.”
Loretta said each year her registered wildlife rescue shelter can handle 1,500 to 2,000 animals a year, from birds through to kangaroos. And up to 4,000 to 5,000 during a natural disaster such as a bushfire or flood.
“If we were not providing this service thousands of native animals would have been lost in the area,” she said.
The Yarrawonga Wildlife shelter conducts its service under the supervision of the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning and is an incorporated charity. Loretta also spreads her valuable knowledge through regular visits to local schools and also welcomes training at the shelter.
She has recently joined forces with Dutch Thunder Care and Rescue of Koonoomoo to form ‘KoonaWonga Wildlife Rescue Inc’ as the principle wildlife service for the central and eastern regions of Moira Shire.
Loretta said the support they get from the community is already incredible but they want to keep their not for profit service viable and sustainable into the future so the whole community benefits.
There will be many prizes on the day. The Stockyard Show which will be held at McPherson’s Road 5km east of Yarrawonga (follow the signs off the Murray Valley Highway) will start at 3pm; adult tickets are $30 and children are free.
The Car Boot Sale will be held at the showgrounds and entry is free. Spots are still available for $20 which includes advertising and the stockyard show entry. All proceeds are kept by the site holder.
Maps highlighting all the participating garage sales locations will be available at the North East Dental Solutions at the new Yarrawonga Medical Complex, on the day in front of the Yarrawonga Chronicle and at the Sheep Pavilion at the Yarrawonga Showgrounds.
Bookings for stalls can still be made through Frank on 0414 841 725 or Loretta on 0417 288 944.