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Ella Welch (right) and Abby Archambault sold baked goods at a community market in East Kildonan on May 31.

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Ella Welch (right) and Abby Archambault sold baked goods at a community market in East Kildonan on May 31. Photo Store

The communities of Harbourview South, Kildonan Estates and Bridgewood Estates held a community market on Sat., May 31.

Sunrise Park was bustling with the activity of artisans, entrepreneurs and small business enthusiasts. Display tables, kiosks and canopies created an authentic market feel for community members to meet each other and show their wares.

There was dance music and an outdoor zumba class, and advertisements, flyers and raffle tickets were being passed about but amid the noise I was introduced to two young girls at a table quietly setting up for a different reason.

Grade 6 students Ella Welch and Abby Archambault had set up a bake sale with proceeds going to charity.

"We have seen the yellow daffodil signs and we know they have the run coming up so we decided to support people with breast cancer," they explained.

They’d posted a sign with a pink ribbon drawn over top of their business name —Abela’s.

"The name is the combination of both our first names" they said.

Fitting, as this team seemed to speak in unison, too, and working together was natural to them.

"These cookies over here are going to sell for breast cancer research and half of the proceeds that we make from the other items will also be donated," they explained.

Without exaggeration, the baking items for sale were the most creative and appealing designs you would ever see at a youth bake sale.  hey took me through the items on display.

"Everything here we made ourselves-Over here we have peanut butter marshmallow bars, banana bread, we have crumble mini loafs, muffins, mini little strawberry rhubarb tarts/pies, puffed wheat cake and apple caramel cake, bird’s nests — which are chow mein noodles covered in chocolate, party spoons — spoons made with chocolate that you can stir into warm milk — and peanut butter and oatmeal chocolate chunk cookies."

"We learned to bake from our grandmothers. We have learned so much from them," they said.
"They would be proud of us for doing this with our baking. It feels good to be helping people living with breast cancer."

The girls would like to continue spending more time to help people and teach others to bake. 

Evan Comstock is a community correspondent for East Kildonan.

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