Markets aid Guides
THE Girl Guides have received a $500 donation from the Mossman Community Markets.
Each year the market organisers present a cheque to a Mossman community group.
The cheque this year was presented to the Guides by ‘‘the patron saint’’ of the markets, Joan Vico, who has had a long affiliation with the Guides.
Mrs Vico has been involved in the markets for longer than anyone can remember, and she and her husband are also heavily involved with work for the Anglican Church. Now in her 70s, Mrs Vico gets up at 2am every Saturday morning to begin her baking for the market. Her husband, Mick, one of the original Mossman cane farmers, still mows the church lawn!
From small beginnings nearly a quarter of a century ago, when an inaugural three stallholders set up to sell their wares, the market has steadily grown and is ‘‘must do’’ for locals and passing tourists alike.
The land on which the markets are situated was originally owned by pioneer Dan Hart and was later bought by the Church from his daughter.
The markets were incorporated in 2009 and is overseen by a small management committee and representatives of the church.