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face painting will be available at car boot sale for My Friends' Place

Family day out at car boot sale while raising money for My Friends’ Place

Fancy enjoying a coffee while snaffling a bargain as the kids have their face painted or burn some energy on a bouncy castle?

Well make sure you check out the car boot sale at Park Lake State School in Pacific Pines on October 8, all proceeds go to the school’s P&C and importantly the Gold Coast charity My Friends’ Place.

Who can get involved in car boot sale?

If you’d like to sell some unwanted items then it will only cost you $20 for a stall. Why not clean out your cupboards, kid’s rooms, sheds and garages, book your stall space and make yourself some cash.

Each stall holder will be assigned two car spaces and the fee is a non-refundable donation.

What will be happening on the day of the car boot sale?

  • A coffee van (of course) thanks to Besito Coffee who will donate a portion of its takings
  • There’ll be a sausage sizzle and face painting
  • Jumping castle donated by CLC Solar & Electrical
  • Raffles including three nights’ accommodation from Classic Holidays, a Nespresso Citiz coffee machine from The Good Guys Helensvale, and a gift voucher for Cakeit4U.

Bouncy castle at car boot sale for My Friends' Place

What’s so important about this car boot sale?

Organiser Kate Armstrong says this event is the first one My Friends’ Place (MFP) has organised and they desperately want it to be a success.

“We want it to go well for the women we help and of course for any future events we want to organise. I still need to fill approximately 20 to 30 stall spaces to reach our goal,” she says.

“And of course, we need as many members of the public to come along and enjoy the morning”.

Who started My Friends’ Place

It was founded in 2015 and is a partnership between social workers, volunteers and community services to provide emergency accommodation for women at-risk of, or currently, homeless as a result of domestic violence.

It was established by Stephanie Cooper when she became aware that no new refuges had opened on the Gold Coast in the past 20 years. She created MFP, set up the charity and opened one refuge on the northern end of the Gold Coast.

What are My Friends’ Place refuges?

They are homes. They are safe, warm, comfortable homes where each woman has her own lockable bedroom and a shared kitchen, living and laundry area.

Each home is fully furnished thanks to the generosity of our community and our amazing volunteers are on hand to provide transport to appointments when needed, a kind listening ear or to bring clothing, linen and food.

My Friends’ Place now has four refuges and have been able to help more than 100 women experiencing homelessness as a result of domestic violence.

More work needs to be done

“We’re not nearly done. We want to grow, we need to grow, in order to be able to help more women,” Kate says.

“To do that, we need funding. We’re not government funded and therefore rely on the support of our community.

“We’ve recently created some sponsorship packages ranging from $50 to $500. Ultimately, we would love enough funding to be able to dedicate at least three full-time staff, plus our students on placement and volunteers.

“Currently we are all volunteers with day jobs so if we were able to focus our time energies full time, just imagine what we could do.”

Besitos coffee at car boot sale for My Friends' Place

The finer details about the car boot sale

  • The event will run from 7.30am to 12.30pm on Saturday 8 October.
  • Set up will be from 6am and pack down from 12.30pm.
  • For safety reasons, no cars will be permitted to arrive or leave outside of these times.

The event is being organised by My Friends’ Place so to secure your space or for any information email Kate at [email protected]

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