Open House proves a hit

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS -

THOU­SANDS of peo­ple en­joy­ing a gi­ant open day have helped raise tens of thou­sands of dol­lars for six chil­dren’s char­i­ties.

Money raised from the World’s Big­gest Open House, or­gan­ised by su­per char­ity NSW Kids in Need, will go to six chil­dren’s char­i­ties: Bear Cottage Chil­dren’s Hospice in Manly, Cen­tral Coast Kids In Need, Duke of Ed­in­burgh Award — Australia, Mus­cu­lar Dys­tro­phy NSW, SHINE For Kids and the burns unit at the Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal, West­mead.

The man be­hind NSW Kids in Need, for­mer NSW op­po­si­tion leader Peter Deb­nam, said fig­ures were still be­ing tal­lied but he ex­pected each char­ity to get “tens of thou­sands of dol­lars”.

Mr Deb­nam said he had been hum­bled by the turnout and peo­ple’s gen­eros­ity.

“This is our first year and we’re de­lighted to see it’s some­thing that peo­ple are re­ally in­ter­ested in,” he said.

“Now we know it’s a good idea, we’re ex­cited about mak­ing it even big­ger and bet­ter for next year.”

As well as ex­plor­ing CBD build­ings not usu­ally open to the public, peo­ple flocked to Rich­mond Air Base for its first open day in 10 years, and 500 peo­ple had a peek be­low decks on HMAS Toowoomba at Gar­den Is­land.

Dozens of fire sta­tions teamed their an­nual open day with the char­ity’s open house to take dona­tions.

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