ALL FOR CHARITY: This children’s dress will be auctioned for Collaborate for a Cause.
ALL FOR CHARITY: This children’s dress will be auctioned for Collaborate for a Cause. Sarah Rickard

Handmade items auctioned off for a good cause

HANDMADE items from nearby and around the country go up for bidding from today, with the proceeds going towards nominated charities.

Collaborate for a Cause helps handmade businesses come together to create items and auction them off to a charity of their choice.

Mary Wade from the Byron hinterland is leading a group of three women called Little One Collaboration, and they will be auctioning three American-Indian-themed items.

"We're selling a dress and a set of bird wings for a little girl, and there's a doll," she said.

Little One Collabaration are raising money for the National Breast Cancer Foundation, a charity close to Ms Wade's heart.

"My cousin Maria passed away two years ago with breast cancer," she said.

"It's not just about the person, she had triplets who were 10 years old at the time and it's the flow on effect of their family and their friends."

Founder Jen Kennedy said Collaborate for a Cause gives handmade businesses the opportunity to network.

"Sometimes the people who have handmade businesses are mums, for example, working from home and it's difficult for them to find people in the same situation," she said.

Lismore photographer Sarah Rickard donated her services to the Little One Collaboration, making it her second year taking part in the cause.

"I was excited and honoured to be asked to be involved," she said.

The bidding will run online for three days on the Collaborate for a Cause Facebook page.

Charity focus

Annie Zorzo of Evans Head is also leading a collaboration group of three women from around the country including Lismore photographer Sarah Rickard.

They are auctioning a handmade handbag, poncho and a flower design hairclip.

Their chosen charity is White Ribbon.

"White Ribbon is an Australian charity focusing on raising awareness to stop domestic violence against women," Ms Zorzo said.

"We hope through our collaboration we can raise awareness and funds of White Ribbon's work."

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