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SCU collects toys for tsunami victims


Brigid Veale
19 January 2005
Southern Cross University staff in Lismore, Coffs Harbour and Tweed Gold Coast are gathering donations for a toy collection which will be sent to victims of the Boxing Day tsunamis.

The toy collection is being organised by staff member and Quota Club member Diana Cooper.

Ms Cooper said toys and colouring-in books and pencils were being collected at all three SCU campuses and would be sent to Indonesia through contacts with the Australian Army.

“Those children have been left with nothing. There have been appeals for clothing and many people have donated money, but we wanted to do something for the children,” Ms Cooper said.

“We would appreciate all donations of toys which might provide a little joy. The only restriction is that we don’t want any toys that require batteries,” Ms Cooper said.

The toy collection, which kicked off last week, has already drawn a steady response from staff. The collection will run until the end of January when volunteers will pack and label all the toys.

Donations can be left at the main reception areas at the Coffs Harbour campus and Tweed Gold Coast campus and at the Security gatehouse at the Lismore campus.

For information contact Diana Cooper on 66203423.

Photo caption: SCU staff members Mick Howard (left) and Geoff Braby sort through the toys already donated.