PURCHASING quality handmade goods this weekend can also help to dissolve discrimination in our region.
The Made By Me market fund-raiser returns to The Pavilion in Warrnambool on Saturday and will raise funds for the Safe and Welcome Place project.
The project is an initiative by YUMCHA (Youth United Making Change against Homophobic Attitudes) — a group of young people who challenge homophobia and discrimination in our region.
The Safe and Welcome Place campaign encourages businesses to apply for Safe and Welcome decals for public display to demonstrate support for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer communities and actively promote a prejudice and discrimination-free space.
Organiser Lana Campbell said she chose to fund-raise for the project because it was local and reputable.
“I picked Brophy as they are a long-standing local organisation,” she said.
“I remember them assisting young drifters that I knew when I was a teen.
“Lyn Eales (of Brophy) suggested that YUMCHA would love some help with their project.”
Ms Campbell said the market would include everything from food to art. “The stallholders’ wares have to be handmade. We have people coming from South Australia with amazing handmade toffees and local boys making handmade surf wax.”
It is the third Made By Me market, which had success in August last year raising $2000 to help build shelters in Cambodia. The second in November donated $800 to Street Swags.
The market will be held from 9am until about 3pm. A gold coin donation is requested upon entry and stallholders will donate goods for a raffle to be held on the day.