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Toy collection draws overwhelming response


Brigid Veale
11 February 2005
Following an enormous response from community members and Southern Cross University staff throughout the Lismore, Coffs Harbour and Tweed Gold Coast regions, nearly 20 cubic metres of donated toys will soon be on their way to schools and orphanages in Indonesia.

The toy collection for victims of the devastating Boxing Day tsunamis, has been co-ordinated by Mrs Diana Cooper, an SCU staff member and member of the Alstonville/Wollongbar Quota Club.

“We have been absolutely overwhelmed by the response from people from Coffs Harbour all the way up to Queensland and want to say a big thank you to all those people who donated,” Mrs Cooper said.

“We have got about 20 cubic metres of toys and more are being delivered each day. One lady in Queensland donated about 120 teddy bears which she and her mother had made,” Mrs Cooper said.

An Iluka couple, Sandra and Ray Smith, collected nine large bags of toys from their community and will deliver another load on Saturday (February 12).

“Another lady in Grafton had started a soap collection for the Red Cross but when they were unable to take them the University picked up a ute-load and this will be sent along with the toys.”

Mrs Cooper said SCU Facilities staff had travelled to the Coffs Harbour and Tweed Gold Coast campus to pick up large numbers of toys.

About 22 volunteers from the Quota Club of Alstonville/Wollongbar and SCU staff will pack the toys at the SCU Store on Saturday (February 12) from 8am. The toys will be flown out of Amberley Army Base within the next couple of weeks to Indonesia.

“The toys will be delivered to schools and orphanages in remote villages and the Australian Army will work with the Indonesian Army to make sure the toys go where they are most needed.

“There are also negotiations taking place with the Army for a member of staff to accompany the toys to Indonesia and report back on their delivery.”

Photo opportunity Packing of toys will start at 8am, Saturday February 12, at the University Store, Rifle Range Road, Lismore.