ABC Gardener\'s Market BBQ April 2013

Saturday 13 April 2013

Some rather tight planning was needed for our Club to step in and help out Arthritis SA at the ABC Gardener's Market (formerly Carpark Capers).

Arthritis SA were the chosen charity to benefit from the running this Autumn 2013 expo. There were around 120 stall holders, including Adelaide West's BBQ. Most stock a range of plants, ornaments and garden related products.

Gates opened to stall holders at 6am. Our BBQ kicked off at 7am to serve Bacon & Egg Muffins to the stallholders for brekky. Then we moved on to sausages as the morning moved on … but the most popular all day was easily the Muffins! A lesson for the future we think.

The public invaded at 8.30am with a huge rush. The place was packed and our BBQ had a line-up 20 long. A huge effort by all. John Madign, Ashleigh Lorraine and Bill Marles pulled together the supplies and borrowed the Rotary Club of Elizabeth's wonderful BBQ.

They were eagerly assisted on the day by Ian Lumsden; Peter & Jill Thompson; Kevin Hollister (Adelaide South); Judy Tink (Bill's mother-in-law); Eileen Fagioli (expert server; very likely new Club member and likely incoming Treasurer), plus Michelle & Brittany Tink.

Last but most certainly not least a superb effort on the BBQ by Michael Dodd, our new member transferring in from Salisbury Club who cooked his heart out all morning until we wrapped up about Noon! (Michael said he came with Sausage Sizzle 'references' up front – and now we can see why!).

A big thanks to Kym @ 5EBI for the use of his huge refrigerators to keep everything fresh and chill the drinks. (Sorry Kym for the stink of onions. We're told that will fade over the next 12 months! Promise.)

Much praise was received from our customers .. so we must thank Slape & Sons @ Newton for the gorgeous Snags & Bacon (with so much flavour and so little fat) .. not to mention the great price to support Rotary.

Certainly, all of us manning the BBQ on the day had a ball. Don't think anyone had even 5 minutes for a sit-down. We're pleased to report that the ABC gave the Arthritis SA team a 10 out of 10 score for the magnificent organisation of the day.

We hear that the best organising effort from past charities at this event raised around $11,500. Arthritis SA cleared over $16,000!!! Magnificent. Our BBQ contributed a little over $1,000 to this tally. Thank you to all who assisted this fun day at short notice.

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