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Wesley Fair raises funds for Sydney’s homeless

2 November 2017 Wesley Mission news

Sydneysiders were in for treat when the annual Wesley Fair came to town on Thursday 2 November.

Wesley Fair is one of the city’s longest-running and iconic events that raises funds for those most in need. While funds are still trickling in, so far, the event has raised over $18,000 for Wesley Connect—a food and care program that helps Sydney’s homeless population, and those doing it tough, to get back on their feet.

“People can come and enjoy all the great food and shopping of Wesley Fair knowing they are supporting people most in need,” said the CEO of Wesley Mission, Rev Keith Garner.

“Proceeds from Wesley Fair will help a vital program which assists many people each day who have complex and diverse needs.”

Mr David Greatorex, a former Officer of Wesley Mission, officially opened the fair, alongside his wife, Deirdre, who cut the ceremonial ribbon. Eager shoppers, including office workers, tourists and Wesley Mission supporters, flooded through the doors to discover a wide array of homemade treats, arts and crafts, second-hand clothes, jewellery and homewares.

Outside fresh flowers and a sizzling BBQ attracted visitors as they walked by the Wesley Centre. Traditional French crepes, prepared by Wesley Taylor Narrabeen centre manager, Olivier Valente, were also a crowd favourite. Throughout the day a variety of musical items kept Wesley Fair shoppers entertained, including performances by Wesley Mission’s Samoan choir and Christian hip-hop group, Krosswerdz. Mr Garner also led a live auction that sold over $1900 worth of collectable items.

While many shoppers stopped by to search for vintage bargains, most shoppers were excited to discover that their dollars are going towards helping those most in need in the community.

A tradition that has lasted for 104 years, Wesley Fair was initially launched by the Ladies’ Auxiliary Committee of the then Central Methodist Mission, and since then, has been run almost entirely by volunteers. Through the tireless efforts of our volunteers, Wesley Fair continues to be a pivotal event in the heart of Sydney.