by Mike Isle
The Rolleston Toy Library committee didn’t let the small matter of some unseasonable weather spoil their first community fundraising event last Saturday. The Toy Drive and Car Boot Sale had been in planning for weeks. The event was intended both as a fundraiser and as a community engagement exercise, said the organisers.
“We want the toy library to be seen as a valuable resource for our local families, so the best way to achieve that is to get out amongst the community and spread the word,” said toy library communications coordinator, Michelle Sim.
“Of course, nothing happens without money, so this was our first initiative to start raising the funds we need to turn the vision into reality.”
Support for the venture was encouraging, with around 25 people booking spaces for the car boot sale, and others keen to donate toys. Several community groups also got involved by donating time or resources, including ‘The Sling Lady’ offering free baby-carrying advice, a team from ANZ bank ran a sausage sizzle, and the local Ray White Real Estate office, who offered the use of a gazebo.
Rolleston College not only gave the group the use of their car park for the event but also had a class of students helping design the promotional flyers as part of their coursework.
While steady drizzle on the day may have prevented the event from being not quite as big as it was hoped, the toy library committee is claiming it as a success. “Not only did we raise nearly $500, which is an excellent start, but we were able to begin connecting with the community,” said Sim. “We want to thank everyone who pledged their support, we really appreciate it.”
The group is hoping to run another similar event next year, but in the meantime are pursuing further fundraising opportunities, as well as continuing the search for suitable premises. If you can help, please contact them via their Facebook page Rolleston Toy Library, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.