Helping hand leads to positive domino effect

THE memory of Sally Blenkhorn lives on through the smiles of less fortunate Filipino families.

The 19-year-old’s life was tragically taken in a motorcycle accident in 2008.

Yesterday marked the second Sally Blenkhorn Foundation Market at Latrobe honouring the life of the young woman who loved the Philippines.

About 50 stallholders exhibited a wide range of craft items and food at Latrobe’s Memorial Hall.

All money raised will go to helping the “poorest of the poor” of Balaquid on Biliran Island in the Philippines.

The foundation already provides schooling needs for 12 students.

Publicity officer Kristy Lockwood said the foundation was formed to make something positive from something tragic.

“You never know what is around the corner,” Mrs Lockwood said.

“If you can do something in your life that can help other people then you’re doing a good thing.”

The foundation also looked to work with the poorer families in the Philippines through rice distribution.

“We’ve created employment over there and they’re generating some income,” Mrs Lockwood said.

“It’s a positive domino effect.”

Sally’s father, Doug Blenkhorn, said it was phenomenal to see the support of the community.

“It’s so beautiful,” Mr Blenkhorn said.

“We used to go there [Philippines] and help where we could but this now allows us to work on a bigger scale,” he said.

Mr Blenkhorn said the Latrobe Lions Club was instrumental in supporting the foundation.

MARKET DAY: Helping support the Sally Blenkhorn Foundation are volunteers (from left) Sarah Elliott, of Devonport, Kristy Lockwood, of Latrobe, and Amanda Kunta, of Wesley Vale. Picture: Meg Windram.

For more information on the Sally Blenkhorn Foundation or to donate visit: https://www.facebook苏州美甲学校/pages/SallyBlenkhorn-Foundation/211428895545039

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