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Grans 80-day peace march
NEWS For the latest online, visit citysouthnews.com.au Gambaro’s Fostering a love of reading market to shut down Fostering hope BELINDA SEENEY WHEN Bronwyn Sheehan AFTER 11 years and thou- began the Pyjama Foun- sands of kilos of prawns, dation in 2004, little did she Gambaro’s Seafood Market know within six years it at South Brisbane will shut would inspire 700 volun- its doors on Sunday. teers to make a difference in The Hope St building has the lives of Queensland been in the Gambaro family DH188281 children in foster care. for decades but was sold this Era ends: Teresa Gambaro Ms Sheehan began the month to make way for low at the market. charity to improve the liter- income housing. acy skills of disadvantaged Owner John Gambaro ad- able inner-city location.’’ and foster children through mitted everything happened He said customer reaction a network of volunteers who ‘‘really, really quickly’’ to the sudden closure was are recruited, screened, with construction due to mixed. trained and supported start as soon as the property ‘‘Most of them have been through the foundation. is settled on March 30. more disappointed than I These Pyjama Angels are The building will be con- thought,’’ Mr Gambaro said. matched with a child in care verted into permanent ‘‘We’ve had customers and visit them once a week apartments for Brisbane’s who’ve been coming around for an hour, to read books homeless, ‘‘rough sleepers’’ two or three times a week. aloud, play educational and poor by the New York- ‘‘I almost feel like we’ve let games and help them with based organisation Com- them down a little bit. their homework. mon Ground. ‘‘Our customers have been Ms Sheehan said instilling The building will also offer a joy to serve and we thank a love of reading in children outreach, support and em- them for their grace and greatly boosted their self- ployment services. humour, even at 3am on worth and confidence. ‘‘It is a very good cause Christmas Eve.’’ Bulimba’s Shanelle Kropp, and one that we’re support- Gambaro’s Seafood Mar- a Pyjama Angel, reads every ive of,’’ Mr Gambaro said of ket will trade until Sunday week to children and says the family’s decision to sell. with all dry goods, stock, she has developed a special ‘‘We will take a bit of time furniture and fittings up for RW188186 bond with two children she out to look for another suit- sale. Special bond: Pyjama Angel Shanelle Kropp sorts through children’s books. reads to on a regular basis. 4 CITY SOUTH NEWS, THURSDAY, MARCH 18, 2010 www.questnews.com.au Call Classifieds on 138822
"Grans 80-day peace march"