The sense of community that these markets foster is truly heart warming. Our dedicated team of stallholders couldn't have been more thrilled with the warm and helpful Rotarians who were there bright and early to assist them in transporting their goods to their stalls. And let's not forget the complimentary cup of tea, biscuits, and the sausage sizzle discount our stallholders enjoyed, along with the invaluable help they received at the end of the day to load their wares back into their cars. Seasoned market-goers have often told us that these thoughtful touches are a major reason they keep coming back for more.

Once again, we owe a great debt of gratitude to Tracey for her outstanding layout plan, which strategically placed stalls in the main hall, on the deck, and in the two back rooms. Outdoors, our market was dotted with several marquees, creating a vibrant and bustling atmosphere.

There were so many Rotarian's involved that it's impossible to name everyone individually, but your collective contributions were nothing short of extraordinary.

During the day, we held two raffles. The first was a special event raffle, featuring a slow cooker as the first prize and six bottles of wine as the second prize. Club member Lyle was the lucky winner of the first prize, while the second prize went to our very own stallholder, Katy. The second raffle was our grand prize draw, offering a car as the first prize, and thanks to Tania's fantastic promotional flyer, we sold a remarkable number of tickets. It's worth mentioning that our club retains 60% of the proceeds from these sales, making it a truly low-risk venture!

Our markets also serve as a fantastic opportunity for our members to reconnect with each other, whether they're manning the barbecue or selling raffle tickets, allowing for some quality catch-up time.

Of course, the primary goal of these events is to raise funds for our life-changing projects, and this market's proceeds will be directed towards supporting the Ashburton Community Centre. The centre plays a vital role in providing a wide range of programs and services to our beloved community.

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