Markets ‘bigger and better’

Maxine Eason with her grandson Luke (11), who has Down syndrome, Down Syndrome WA executive officer Cathy Donovan and market volunteers Lorraine Weir and Renee Colvin. Picture: Marcus Whisson www.communitypix.com.au d419057
Maxine Eason with her grandson Luke (11), who has Down syndrome, Down Syndrome WA executive officer Cathy Donovan and market volunteers Lorraine Weir and Renee Colvin. Picture: Marcus Whisson www.communitypix.com.au d419057

In recent months, volunteers from the markets have raised more than $2000 for Down Syndrome WA.

Balga ward councillor Keith Sargent said he was impressed at the success the markets had enjoyed over the past 30 years and the continued work from the volunteers.

‘It always surprises me how successful they are; they started over 30 years ago and they’re bigger and better than ever before,’ Cr Sargent said.

‘They’ve created a nice little hub down there for all groups that all get along and they all come there to socialise and chat and from what I can tell there’s general harmony among the whole multicultural area.

‘They have a shed there that has a whole bunch of donated items from the market sellers from groups outside and they open it up once a week and all the money it earns goes to Down Syndrome WA.’

Balga Community Association secretary Alan Stafford said he was pleased with the hard work from market volunteers in raising money for countless Perth organisations.

‘The Balga Friday market has been operating for some 33 years and during this time the Balga Community Association has donated proceeds ” tens of thousands of dollars ” from the market to local and community organisations,’ he said.

The markets operate on Friday mornings at Balga Soccer Club, Princess Road, with sellers admitted from 6.30am and the public from 8am to noon.