Pitt Town Market Day and Garage Sale to fund clean water wells in West Papua

COME along to Pitt Town’s Massive Market Day and Garage Sale on Saturday, June 24, and help raise money for a clean water well in West Papua.

The Market Day will take place at the Uniting Church on Bathurst Street from 9am until 2pm, and all funds raised will go towards the Church’s work with the West Papuan Development Company (WPDC), which builds clean water wells for communities in need.

Market-goers can look forward to live music and singing, tea/coffee and cake stalls, books and plants, a huge fruit and vegetable stall with local produce, and sausage sandwiches and egg and bacon rolls.

Community members looking to get rid of some household items can book a spot and sell their wares, including books, clothes and old furniture, and either keep the proceeds or donate them to the mission. 

Market Day organiser Rebecca Andrews said WPDC is a registered Australian charity, administered and run according to Australian standards, and is entirely volunteer based.

“Some years back one of our Church members went to West Papua for five years. She saw firsthand the tragedy of sickness and the difficulties that arose from ‘no clean water’. Women and children in particular suffer and high infant mortality rates are a sad product of this problem,” said Ms Andrews.

“After extensive training with engineers the West Papuan people are now building the wells themselves to international standards. Like all quality products the material costs are high. We have built 22 wells to date but sadly many more are needed. The cost is just over $2500 AUD for each well.”

To find out more about WPDC and the Church’s work in West Papua, visit www.wpdc.org.au.

For more information about the Market Day call 0439 309 303, or to book a stall space call 4572 3518.