CHRISTMAS CHEER: Sarah Thorley and Jame Milnes have placed this 18kg crystal up for auction, with all proceeds going to Helping Hands.
CHRISTMAS CHEER: Sarah Thorley and Jame Milnes have placed this 18kg crystal up for auction, with all proceeds going to Helping Hands.

How an 18kg crystal will help Dalby’s struggling families

JANE Milnes and her daughter Sarah Thorley have seen first-hand the palpable “doom and gloom” around Dalby in the wake of a never-ending drought and devastating fires.

But the pair agreed that Christmas should be no time for sadness, so they’re doing their best to put some smiles on the faces of our locals who need it the most.

The owners of Sarane on Cunningham Street will be auctioning off an 18kg crystal worth $1000, and will be donating the money raised to Helping Hands.

The proceeds will be spent on Christmas food and presents for families who are struggling this Christmas.

“There’s that many families that are struggling at the moment to put Christmas on the table,” Mrs Milnes said.

“It’s even harder than last year so we just said we’ll go for Helping Hands and help them out.”

Being local business owners, Mrs Milnes and Mrs Thorley know just how hard it can be living and working through times of drought.

“We’re a small business and a lot of people have supported us throughout the year so we thought we’d just give something back to help the community out,” Mrs Milnes said.

“I thought we’ll do something good and hopefully help a few families out for Christmas and put a bit of cheer into their family and their day on Christmas Day.”

Sarane will be open from 9am to 5pm Monday to Wednesday and Friday, 9am to 7pm on Thursday, and 9am to 2pm on Saturdays and 9am to 1pm on Sundays for people to place their bids at the shop.

People wanting to place bids should go to the shop, and register their name, number, and price to be in the running.

At the end of the day the mother-daughter duo has just one goal.

“We want to see some smiling faces on Christmas Day,” Mrs Milnes said.

“There’s that much doom and gloom around town at the moment with the fires and the drought and not many people have got money so we though we’d hopefully put a few smiling faces on the kids at Christmas.”

People can place their bids at the shop from November 22 to December 6.


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