Reindeer food slays

the charity market

Two enterprising young Horsham residents are the latest contributors to Wimmera Cancer Centre after a successful Christmas business venture.

Paige Millar and Sienna Cookson set up a stand at their parents’ Florence Street home over Christmas, selling reindeer food as a fundraiser for the centre. Paige said the idea came just over two years ago when they were wanting to help a local charity.

“The cancer centre was about to be built at the time and we chose it because we had family members who had been travelling to Ballarat for treatment,” Paige said.

“It was costing our family a lot of money and time to take them, so we knew how important it was for Horsham to have its own centre,” she said.

“We raised $18.60 the first year we tried it but after a year break we decided to try again and managed to raise $246.80."

“We had a sign out the front of the house and we posted on Facebook Marketplace to help us promote it.”

Sienna said the pair made their reindeer food mixture using special ingredients and it was packaged in containers they made from toilet rolls to be environmentally friendly.

“We sat out the front of the house most evenings and waited for customers,” Sienna said.

“One day we stayed out for six hours.”

 Picture caption (FaceBook only): Wimmera Health Care Group cancer resource nurse Catherine Olston thanks Paige and Sienna for their unique contribution.

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