Anniversary sale corners charity market for ill tots
THE Boonah Country Market is celebrating its 25th anniversary by hosting a family fun day to raise money for children suffering from brain tumours.
Organiser Kathy Keogh said all profits raised on the day would go towards The Isabella and Marcus Paediatric Brainstem Tumour Fund to show support for Kade Neilsen and Charlee Ferrar, two local children suffering from brain tumours.
"Because it's our 25th year we thought we'd do something for local people," she said.
"There'll be more stalls than ever before, there's also going to be two bands playing and a great country atmosphere."
The fundraising market will have produce and craft stalls, live music, raffles, a clown and a jumping castle.
Kade, who turned one last month, was diagnosed with a life-threatening brain tumour in early March and four-year-old Charlee was diagnosed in the same month last year.
Scenic Rim Mayor John Brent said the serious illness of two young children in Boonah had been devastating for the close-knit community.
"Smaller country towns like Kalbar and Boonah are like families so when someone, especially children like Charlee and Kade, is enduring a terrible illness we are all touched by their suffering," Cr Brent said.
"Many of us are accustomed to facing adversities like flood and drought, but seeing these young ones in distress affects us on a different level.
"We are all aware that it could be any one of our families that next faces a testing time such as the Ferrer and Neilsen families are now so I hope the donations will help make a difference for families like these."
Both Kade Support and Charlee's Little Wishes will also have fundraising stalls set up at the market to raise money directly for the families of the two children.
Kade's mother Michelle said the continued support from the Boonah community for both Charlee and Kade had been overwhelming.
"Kade's doing well, he has just finished his fourth round of chemo and he's not doing too badly," Mrs Neilsen said.
"He had two blood transfusions and chemo on his first birthday but the nurses and doctors spoilt him and gave him presents, all the kids came in and sang him happy birthday, it was a very emotional day.
"To get behind two children with the same disease is really amazing.
"It's incredible what the Boonah Markets are doing, the support from the community has been unbelievable."
The markets will be held on September 13 from 7am to 1pm at Springleigh Park in Boonah.
For details contact Boonah Country Markets on 0448 248 828.