Groovy Grannies host annual garage sale

The Grooviest of Grannies, Alannah Johnson, Valda Roche, Kay Hamilton, Beth Ratajczyk, Kathie O’Leary, Patricia McLaren and Barb Sugden at last years Jumpers and Jazz Breakfast. Picture: SAMANTHA WANTLING

By Lucy Waldron

The Groovy Grannies, a tight-knit group of 10 ladies with big hearts, are gearing up for their annual garage sale on 23 March for Toowoomba Hospice.

Established in 2014, this spirited collective initially came together to participate in the Relay for Life. However, with the event no longer operating in Warwick, they redirected their efforts towards supporting local charities benefiting the Darling Downs and South West regions.

This year, the Groovy Grannies are continuing their tradition of fundraising for two essential charities: The Toowoomba Hospice and RACQ LifeFlight Rescue.

The Toowoomba Hospice provides crucial end-of-life support in a comforting environment, while RACQ LifeFlight Rescue offers life-saving helicopter flights from Warwick Hospital.

Groovy Granny, Kay Hamilton said these charities were chosen because of the need the services cater to in the Southern Downs.

“Some of our members have also had first-hand experiences with the services,” Kay said.

The group hosts four events annually, starting with the garage sale in March. This is followed by a Mother’s Day morning tea in May, a Jumpers & Jazz breakfast in July, and concluding the year with a festive Christmas raffle. Last year alone, the Groovy Grannies raised almost $15,000 for their chosen charities.

Over the years, the Groovy Grannies have garnered tremendous support from the community.

“You only have to mention The Groovy Grannies, and people know who we are and what we do,“ Kay said.

Their choice to support The Toowoomba Hospice stems from a recognition of the vital services they provide. With no palliative care hospice in Warwick, Toowoomba Hospice remains the only option for many in the area.

The Grannies are calling on the community for donations of saleable items such as clothing, kitchenware, books, tools, and more.

“We all manage to go through our cupboards and find things we haven’t used for some time,“ Kay said

“We have already been contacted by people who have items for us.

“We like to let everyone know early when it is on so we have plenty of time to collect these items.”

The garage sale will begin at 7am on Saturday 23 March at 176 Glen Road, Warwick.

A raffle for a painting by local artist Chris Hart valued at $700 will also take place on the day.

For those interested in donating items or learning more about the Groovy Grannies and their charitable endeavours, please contact Barb on 0428 767 505 or Kay on 0409 268 067.