Market duty a boon for Brunswick rescue group

Byron Bay Farmers Market manager Donald Recsei (centre) hands over the quarterly cheque for $1300 to Mark Gasson (right) and Tim Breen of Brunswick Valley Rescue.
Byron Bay Farmers Market manager Donald Recsei (centre) hands over the quarterly cheque for $1300 to Mark Gasson (right) and Tim Breen of Brunswick Valley Rescue.
He baby-sits dogs, manages parking and helps out with the odd customer who has left her lights on and needs a hand to jump-start the car – though he might have to leave it all at a moment’s notice to leap into the truck to assist in a rescue.
Brunswick Valley Rescue member Tim Breen has been at the Byron Bay Farmers Market every Thursday for the last two-and-a-half years – “a pretty big commitment” according to squad secretary Penny Fuller, and he has a big fan club of children as testimony.
Since the squad receives virtually no funding from any government body, it is constantly on the lookout for ways to fund-raise, and the Farmers Market now provides a regular avenue by having Tim and usually one other squad member there to monitor parking, and for this work market manager Donald Recsei presents them with a cheque each quarter.
“When we get called away it’s chaos,” said Tim.
“One person goes out the wrong way and everyone follows.”
Tim reckons they have minded just about every breed of dog imaginable, from Chihuahua to malamute, belonging to market goers who brought Fido with them unaware of the rules, and he has the slide show of happy hounds on his phone to prove it.
Most dog owners are grateful enough to slip some coins into the donation box on the Rescue table, as do many regular market goers, all of which adds up to assist the organisation in its constant drive to raise funds.
Brunswick Valley Rescue is pleased to provide a community service which allows them to fund-raise as well as to be a presence in Byron Bay.
“We didn’t have a high profile in Byron Bay until this,” said Tim.
And market manager Donald Recsei is more than happy to assist in the financial health of such an important shire organisation.
“We have a major focus on making donations to deserving organisations within the shire,” he said.
“Brunswick Valley Rescue do a fantastic job for us in managing parking and looking after dogs, and people really appreciate it, as does the Farmers Market.”

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