Great local charity Roundabout Canberra is thinking outside the square and holding an Instagram auction Friday, Saturday and Sunday after COVID-19 put an end to its usual high tea fundraiser.
The charity has now more than $9000 in donations, many from local businesses, such as a stunning dried floral arrangement from Boujee Bloom, resin jewellery from Polka Luka, a gift voucher from The Pedlar at Campbell and a month's pass to Rise yoga studio. There are many, many more very cool items up for grabs.
Just go to Instagram at @roundabout_auction to bid for everything from a donated headpiece by Canberra milliner Christine Waring to family pass to the National Zoo and Aquarium to a gift voucher from The Markets Wanniassa.
Erin Russell from Roundabout Canberra said the "volunteer-powered" charity re-homed and sourced essential items to pass on to mums and families experiencing hardship.
"We do this through partnerships with organisations like Karinya House and social workers," she said.
"We've helped over 1000 kids already this year with plenty more who need our services."
Even in difficult COVID times, local and regional small businesses hadn't hesitated to help with donations.
"The generosity from Canberra, in particular small businesses, has been really heartwarming, " Erin said.
The money raised from the auction will help to pay some of the expenses faced by Roundabout Canberra, from smaller bills such as such as fixing a broken cot or getting a safety check on a donated item, to larger ones including the rent on a warehouse for all the items waiting to be distributed to mums and bubs.