Father Bob Goes to Market
South Melbourne priest, Father Bob Maguire, has developed a fresh approach to helping his local community in the wake of the global financial downturn by opening up his parish grounds as a community market.
Commencing on Sunday 5th July 2009, Father Bob’s Community Market will offer a diverse range of produce and products, including arts, crafts, jewellery, clothing, fresh produce, gourmet food and organics, second-hand goods and bric-a-brac.
Proceeds generated from stallholder rental fees will support Fr Bob’s various charitable activities that assist the impoverished and the homeless in his local South Melbourne area and across various parts of metropolitan Melbourne.
Explaining his new venture, Father Bob said:
"Poverty is a major problem that is only worsening in the current economic climate. At the same time, neighbourhoods are coming back into fashion and favour. What we want to achieve is to form neighbourhood networks of pooled assets and present these local stockpiles of goods and services in a stunning expression."
"Interestingly, our very street, Dorcas, is named for a Christian biblical woman of the 1st century who was an entrepreneur who wove and dyed cloth to sell to make money to help the poor."
Father Bob’s Community Market is located on the corner of Montague and Dorcas Streets in South Melbourne, in close proximity to the well-established South Melbourne Market and within walking distance of both the South Melbourne and Albert Park shopping precincts.
Potential stallholders are being invited to express their interest by visiting www.fatherbobscommunitymarket.com.
For further media information please contact:
Father Bob Maguire: 9696 0644 or Rosina 9690 3999.
Find out more about the Father Bob Maguire Foundation – visit: www.fatherbob.com.au.