HERE TO HELP, LEFT: Kelly, Les and Bridie Bentlin, with Olivia Lowe, at their fundraising garage sale.
HERE TO HELP, LEFT: Kelly, Les and Bridie Bentlin, with Olivia Lowe, at their fundraising garage sale. Kaitlyn Gutzke

Locals raise cancer funds at Garage Sale Trail

WHILE the Garage Sale Trail saw an array of trash and treasure on the front lawns of locals, for some it was an opportunity to raise much-needed funds.

Little Bruce and Lillian Goodwin spent hours squeezing lemons and rolling dough for their cookies and lemonade stall.

The young duo sold their delicious treats for just 50 cents, claiming they were "saving for a new house".

Lillian and Bruce were not alone in their fundraising endeavours, with Kelly Bentlin using the Garage Sale Trail to raise funds for a dear friend with cancer.

With donations from the community, Kelly raised almost $3300 for the Vicki Hall Cancer Fund and said she was "overwhelmed" by the support she received.

"The fundraiser was to help a family member, Vicki Hall, who is battling cancer for the second time in seven years," she said.

"We wanted to relieve some of the financial burden to allow Vicki to concentrate on getting better.

"A massive thanks to the whole community of Emerald for donating items and supporting the day - we would like to thank our five major supporters Christians Plumbing, Highlands Meats, Brumbies, Allan Douglas and the CFMEU.

"The total amount raised being $3237, which is such an amazing outcome.

"And a big congratulations to Brett Pearson for being the highest bidder on the 2006 framed and signed St George jersey, which was donated by Allan Douglas."

Central Highlands Regional Council Mayor Peter Maguire was pleased with the event.

"This is the first time we (the council) have supported the national Garage Sale Trail and we thank the Central Highlands residents who really embraced it," he said.

"Last-minute registrations got us to 26 sales."

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