'Volunteerathon' to keep Coraki Markets going

VOLUNTEERS behind the new Coraki Markets have been hard pressed to produce the necessary funds for insurance each month.

The organising group have taken a novel approach to fundraising, selling their own time and skills to offer value to buyers, in the hope a year's worth of insurance can be raised.

Markets Coordinator, Louise Woolbank, said a soft launch of the initiative 'volunteerathon' had seen the tax return service offered by one volunteer sellout straight away, but more funds were needed in exchange for the other services including computer repair, marketing, babysitting, tutoring and massage.

"We're hoping a call out to the wider community will bring more interest for our services, and help kick along our group towards the fundraising goal," Ms Woolbank said.

"We've priced the vouchers competitively, to ensure great value.

"Plus Christmas is coming, our vouchers can make a great corporate or family gift!"

On offer is computer refurbishment valued at $200 for only $120, marketing and logo/flyer design valued at $200 for only $100, deep tissue or sports massage valued at $65 for only $50, four hours of autism capable babysitting valued at $80 for only $60, and three hours high school level tutoring across a range of subjects valued at $105 for only $75.

Despite lacking annual insurance funds, the markets will continue to go ahead month to month, with the next riverside event happening Saturday October 17.

These next markets follow a disappointing cancellation of the September markets with heavy rain making the grounds too boggy for stalls.

"That weather looks set not to be repeated, so we're back this month welcoming dogs on their best behaviour for the first time, plus a bunch more stalls, food and we've moved our September busker bookings from September to October, which means Kim McLean from Black Train and Marcus Peace will be providing tunes for diners to enjoy while they watch the river roll by," Ms Woolbank said.

Market stalls feature an art theme, with jewellery, paintings, handmade shoes, crafts, home cooking and plants alongside a food area and jumping castle and face painting, among many other specialty stalls.

Markets open at 8am and finish at 2pm with wheelchair accessible parking onsite.

Any stall enquiries should be to Louise Woolbank on 0401 602 324 or purchases of volunteerathon services can be made by emailing corakiriversidemarkets@gmail.com or calling 6683 2621.