La Leche craft market big success

ALEXIA JOHNSTON
Last updated 05:00 19/08/2013
Craft fair
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ITEMS GALORE: There was plenty on offer when the La Leche League hosted a market at St Stephen's Church, Timaru, on Saturday. Among those who attended the event were, from left, Hazel Thum, Yayoi Williams, Diane Watson and Sarahjane Bows.

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A fundraising venture is paying off for Timaru's La Leche League.

The group, which supports women with breastfeeding, hosted an End of Winter craft market at St Stephen's Church on Saturday, raising $535.

La Leche League member Sarah Hill said the event had been a great success, prompting discussions about more in the future.

"We had a lot of foot traffic through - there was a lot of people," she said.

There were 18 stalls, ranging from garden art and jewellery to knitting and books, among many other items.

Money raised from the event would go towards running costs, as the group was a not-for-profit organisation, Mrs Hill said.

Timaru's league has eight regular members. A small group of others attend once or twice a year, she said.

"It's really tough because it's only a small group of us.

"We don't have a lot of money and it's really hard to fundraise when it's such a small number."

Mrs Hill, who has four children ranging from three years to 17, is also a regular stall holder which was why the market day concept appealed to her, she said.

The group is in discussions about another possible fundraiser market closer to Christmas.

"We definitely want to do it again."

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- The Timaru Herald

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