Open House proves a hit
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.