Friends fundraise while flooded in
PUTTING their creative talents into a brilliant cause, two Alpha ladies have established an online auction to raise funds for the Queensland flood appeal.
In between helping their husbands run cattle stations and being busy mums, friends Angie Bettridge and Kristy Sparrow run an at-home business, AnK Bowtique, making girls’ hair accessories.
When the floods hit the Highlands, despite being inundated themselves, the two ladies decided to utilize their business for good.
“We actually haven’t had vehicle access to our property since November,” Kristy said.
Although a huge volume of water passed through her property, inundating cattle yards and sheds, and isolating stock, it didn’t compare to what some Central Highlands families were going through, she said.
“So many people have lost so much. It has taken a fair bit of time to organise in terms of administration on the computer, but we’re stuck here and can’t get out to help with the cleanup so we wanted to help out any way we could,” she said.
With the help of Facebook and the handmade website Madeit.com.au, the pair called on other craft makers to donate their creations for the auction.
“We had items donated from all over Australia,” Kristy said.
“Most were homemade. There was a handmade hobby horse, girls’ clothes, jewellery, handmade cupcake wrappers, ladies bags, accessories and knitted beanies.”
The idea grew like wildfire with 200 items listed when the auction began on January 7.
By the time the frenzied bidding ceased on Monday evening, the auction had raised about $12,000 for the appeal.
“We thought we might raise $1000 so we were gob-smacked to have so many items donated, and we were blown away by the prices bidders paid.
“The hobby horse went for $200 and one little girl’s dress went for $150.”
The pair has collected payments from all bidders and will donate it to the Queensland flood appeal in Emerald on Thursday.
“We wanted to help in any way we could.” AnK Bowtique co-owner Kristy Sparrow