Whether you’re searching for a pre-loved or hand-crafted gem, the Rotary Camberwell Sunday Market is synonymous for uncovering unique items but many of its devotees may not know how far their donations go to help communities.
The sound of gold coins
as they rattle in the Rotary volunteer’s tins sets the scene for the Melbourne
tradition of looking for treasure in the converted carpark on Sundays.
The generosity of market
fans continues to make a difference to thousands of families and people both
locally and internationally.
Small donation, large impact
A gold coin donation when
you enter the market is a small ask, but when you consider that each year the Rotary
Camberwell Sunday Market hosts more than 250,000 locals, tourists, thrift
shoppers, collectors and bargain hunters, it adds up.
Since 1976, the Rotary
Camberwell Sunday Market has raised more than $16 million for many different causes.
The local community benefits
from the generosity of patrons, through the Boroondara Community Strengthening
Grants program, which supports 80 – 90 local community service projects annually.
Other causes that
receive support include the Box Hill Miniature Railway, Camcare, Fareshare,
Autism Centre, Cerebral Palsy Education Project, community housing and Violence
Your gold coin donation
has a far greater reach with Rotary International projects, including those
that support Timor Leste, New Zealand Earthquake rebuilding, Nepal earthquake
relief, a dental health project in Vietnam, artificial limbs for kids in the
Congo, and the Global Polio Eradication Initiative.
Helping those in need
Children and young
people are often the focus of the gold coin donations, like the youth
development grants of the Rotary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Tertiary
Scholarships and Swinburne University of Technology scholarships for asylum
seekers and refugees.
Secondary school public
speaking competitions and national youth science forums also receive funding.
The program has provided
medical research and equipment grants to help organisations such as Australian
Rotary Health, Box Hill Hospital and the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute.
A local’s gold coin
In her book, Sunday Service: The Balwyn Rotary Camberwell
Sunday Market, author Leah Annetta writes about the Rotary Camberwell
Sunday Market’s irresistible lure.
It’s a place full of
hidden treasures, whose value might be sentimental or actual, and where it is
rumoured Kylie Minogue picked up her infamous gold hot pants.
But it’s another kind of
gold that Annetta holds dear to her heart.
“Most of us drop our
gold coin into the yellow cup… and plough headlong into the market on the trail
of whatever takes our fancy.
“Few realise the ambitious charitable causes that these coins have funded over the past three decades”.
This article also appears on the Camberwell Shopping website.