Handmade with love and hope
MEMBERS of Australia's handmade community hope to raise more than $50,000 for a variety of charities at this year's Collaborate for a Cause, a nationwide online charity auction.
The auction, which will take place on Facebook from July 25 to July 27, involves more than 340 small handmade businesses and hobby enterprises.
Ipswich-based business Mummies Little Inspirations, run by Nikky Kozubek, will be among those participating.
The mother-of-two has teamed up with three other businesses, Floating Wishes, Twinkies Creations and The Serendipity Tree, to create a beautiful "Ice Princess" dress to auction off for charity.
Together they hope to raise as much money as possible for Haemochromatosis Australia in memory of Ms Kozubek's Uncle Billy Wright who sadly passed from the genetic disorder in 2008.
Haemochromatosis is an inherited iron overload disorder that occurs when two genes are present.
"By the time my uncle was diagnosed it was too late," she said.
"We didn't even know, it's very common but a lot of people don't know about it.
"My other uncles got tested and found out they had it too but because it was caught early it can be controlled."
Ms Kozubek started her handmade business a year ago and said that the Collaborate for a Cause made her follow her passion for handmade products.
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"I heard about Collaborate for a Cause last year and I fell in love with the handmade dresses they had," she said.
"It inspired me to start my own business and it's been going really well so far."
Last year Collaborate for a Cause raised $48,969 for 146 charities and organiser Jen Kennedy said she hopes to raise $50,000 this time around.
"We've got collaborations of two, three, four and even more businesses who have all worked together to create some amazing, beautiful handmade items," she said.
"Australia is fortunate to have a thriving community of talented craftspeople.
"Many are stay-at-home mums and this event is being held in the name of fun, friendship and giving."
Members of the public will be able to bid on the auction simply by commenting under a photograph of their favourite item.
For more information about the handmade charity auction, visit the Collaborate for a Cause Facebook page.