Artisan goodies for charity

ALL THAT SPARKLES: CanInspire Mid and South Canterbury regional co-ordinator, and tutor, Daphne Hinton (left), board member and volunteer Judy Skevington (centre), and new CanBead co-ordinator Missy Parata are ready for CanBead's artisan market tomorrow.
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Handcrafted goods will be on sale this Saturday as CanBead runs an artisan market raising funds for its workshops for people experiencing illness, trauma and loss.

The market is the major fundraiser for CanBead in the Mid and South Canterbury region.

CanInspire Mid and South Canterbury regional co-ordinator, and CanBead tutor, Daphne Hinton said 28 boutique stall holders from throughout Canterbury will be on site at the Tinwald Memorial Hall.

They will be selling everything from upcycled blankets and jewellery, ladies and children’s clothing, natural skincare products, candles, painted and printed goods to teddy bears and food and beverage.

There will also be CanBead raffles with all stallholders contributing products for hamper prizes, which will be drawn at the end of the day, Hinton said.

The free entry event runs from 11am to 3pm.

During the year CanBead offers free two-hour workshops to eligible people experiencing trauma, illness or loss. They offer a nice distraction to participants who learn a skill with fun and support.

They also get to take home a CanBead kit bag which are funded from financial donations, grants and thousands of donated beads.

A typical workshop had between four people to 10 people.

Each person is able to bring a friend to enjoy it with them, and both get a kit to take home, she said.

This weekend there will be some unique, handmade items for sale, and raffles.

There will also be a selection of preloved jewellery for sale, which were donated to CanBead but unable to be broken apart for use in the workshops.

People can pick up some bargain pieces, Hinton said.

CanBead volunteers, who are invaluable to the running of the charity, help out in various ways but once a week some gather to break up donated jewellery, sew and assemble the kit bags, others assist at workshops.

Anyone interested in volunteering can make contact via the CanBead Facebook page.