Colleen's tin rattling raises $15,000 for cancer patients

BALLARAT’S Colleen Thompson has racked up $15,000 in loose change. 

Cindy Burke and Colleen Thompson are set to rattle their tins again on Sunday. PICTURE: ADAM TRAFFORD

Cindy Burke and Colleen Thompson are set to rattle their tins again on Sunday. PICTURE: ADAM TRAFFORD

After four years of tin-rattling at the quarterly Design Exchange Markets, the Support 4 Cancer founder has raised a significant sum for charity. 

The money has been used to create happy packs for people in Ballarat diagnosed with cancer. 

“We give one to everyone who has been diagnosed,” Ms Thompson said. “It has happy stuff in it.”

Face washers and toothbrushes are just some of the items included in the care packs. 

“I’ve raised about $15,000 (at the markets),” she said. 

Design Exchange Market founder Lyndelle Flintoft said she had wanted to donate to charity through the market. 

“I always wanted to do it,” Ms Flintoft said. “I could see it as a way I could help someone else.”

So Ms Flintoft handpicked Ms Thompson to tin rattle at the craft and design market. 

“Cancer has touched every walk of life. Everyone knows someone who has it,” she said. “Colleen has done an amazing job. It is amazing that people have contributed to keep (the) cause going.” 

Between 2000 and 3000 people are expected to attend this weekend’s market.

The Design Exchange Market will be held at the Mining Exchange in Lydiard Street between 10am and 4pm on Sunday.

kara.irving@fairfaxmedia.com.au

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