The Toymakers of Living Choice Kawana Island have been busy this year, preparing for the Annual Toymakers’ Handover.
Together with the Craft Group, the Toymakers created another impressive handover, which was made up of aeroplanes, cars, trucks, cradles, cots, push toys, teddies, dolls and prams. The toys have been donated to St Vincent de Paul, for distribution to children in need.
The event in its 11th year was held in the village’s Leisure Centre on Friday 24th November to a large gathering along with several special guests attending, including Buddina State School Principal, Russell Thompson, St Vincent’s de Paul President, Kareen Dwyer, Sam Kirby from Kirby Fine Timber, who has generously donated the timber to the Toymakers for the past six years and Haymes Paint who generously discount the paint to the toymakers.
At the handover, the Managing Director, Ian Tregoning, took the opportunity to present a cheque for $2,000 on behalf of Living Choice, to assist the Toymakers and the Craft Group in purchasing materials.
He thanked the gentlemen for their contribution to this worthy cause, gave special mention to the craft ladies and John Sutton, and acknowledged others who have also contributed throughout the year including Joan Harris and Nanette Black who generously made the bassinet blankets and pillows.
The Toymakers comprise residents George Humeniuk, Barry Legg, Don Lindsay, David Fleming, Brian Jones, Danny Wise, and Ron Turner, who work in the woodworking room on average, 15 -20 hours per week.
David Thomas, Chairperson of the Residents’ Committee, did a wonderful job as MC for the night.
Janne Bernhard representing the Craft Group presented cheques totalling $2134.60 going to Buddina State School Principal, Russell Thompson, St Vincent de Paul President, Kareen Dwyer and The Board Meeting Surf Charity. The money was raised by the Craft Group throughout the year, including at the recent Christmas Craft Fair.
Russell thanked Janne and the craft ladies and said the money would go towards helping needy families purchase school resources. Kareen accepted the cheque gratefully and said the donation would go into a special fund that helps provide school shoes for families who have relocated to the coast, or foster care families and The Board Charity were very grateful for this contribution to assist many families across the Sunshine Coast.
At the end of the night, all the toys were packed up and loaded on the St Vincent de Paul truck and will be distributed to families in Childers, Harvey Bay and Maryborough. No doubt, they will bring much joy to children this Christmas.