HSG at the Gardens will be serving up community support this weekend as they host a garage sale to raise funds for Andy’s Place.
The ‘Platters and Function Ware’ stall is part of the final weekend of the Garage Sale Trail on 18 and 19 November, where over 60 local stalls have completed the free registration to take part in the initiative.
Bundaberg Regional Council has partnered with the community-based initiative to embrace sustainability, reduce waste and promote a culture of reusing and recycling in the region.
Those looking to bag a bargain, and support HSG and other local stallholders, can find more information and explore the interactive location map here.
HSG Founder Dion Taylor said they would be selling all their excess serving and dinnerware, making it the perfect stop for anyone hosting a Christmas event this year.
“I’ve always been a believer that upcycling is much better for the environment and it’s a way for quality goods to be repurposed along the ‘hand me along’ journey,” Dion said.
“We will be going through all our crockery, glassware and service platters that we aren’t using and all the proceeds from this table of goods will go direct to Andy’s Place for the purchase of non-perishable goods.”
Andy’s Place is a community soup kitchen run by Bundaberg Uniting Church and offers free meals to anyone in need.
Since opening in 1998, the kitchen has served almost 115,000 meals thanks to the support of local volunteers and donors.
“It’s our belief at HSG that no one should be without a quality meal, regardless of folks' financial position,” Dion said.
“Andy’s Place has a ‘no questions asked’ policy and simply provide quality food and a safe environment for those that just want to nourishment and be treated with [respect].
“In any given meal service that the organisation runs, there are often 50 to 60 people enjoying a home cooked meal.”
HSG will also be hosting a ‘Dinner for a Cause’ on Thursday 7 December to support the local charity.
“Guests will be treated to a tasty meal and can pay by donation,” Dion said.
“Again, all proceeds from the dinner sales will be going to Andy’s place to assist in purchasing non-perishable goods for their food program.
“If folks are keen to support Andy’s Place, they can make donations of non-perishable goods like pasta, rice, crushed tomatoes, UHT milks, biscuits, tea bags, instant coffee and plastic takeaway containers with lids as these items get used all throughout the year.”
Andy's Place meal times:
Monday: Breakfast 7 to 8 am, lunch 12 to 1 pm
Wednesday: Dinner 6 to 7 pm
Friday: Lunch 12 to 1 pm