Li­brary toys shared out

Central Otago Mirror - - CENTRAL NEWS -

Christ­mas came early, al­beit in a sad way, for early child­hood cen­tred groups in the Te­viot Val­ley last week. Af­ter a month short of 15 years in op­er­a­tion, the Te­viot Val­ley Toy Li­brary closed its doors and gave away toys to the Te­viot Val­ley Ed­u­care, Roxburgh Play­cen­tre, Millers Flat Play­group and Stand (for­merly the Roxburgh Chil­dren’s Health Camp).

Gemma McNeish, one of three young moth­ers left in the group said ‘‘We tried hard to keep it go­ing but we just could not get a com­mit­tee to keep it up. Our own chil­dren have used the toys a lot but they are also get­ting past this level so we put it out there to the com­mu­nity, no-one put their hand up, so we de­cided this was the best thing to do.’’

Some 250 items were care­fully stud­ied by rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the groups, ‘‘who did not want to be too greedy’’ but were pleased to add to their col­lec­tions from the wide se­lec­tion. Those not taken by the groups would be of­fered at auc­tion lo­cally and the re­main­der sold through the Roxburgh Thrift Shop. Any money raised from the auc­tion, and what re­mains in the group’s ac­counts will be split be­tween the Play­cen­tre and Ed­u­care af­ter pay­ment is made for a gate to be put in the chil­dren’s fenced play area at the Roxburgh Med­i­cal Cen­tre.

‘‘That was a project we re­ally want to see hap­pen’’ said Robin Fox, ‘‘get­ting chil­dren in and out of there, es­pe­cially for preg­nant mums, is not easy and the gate will hope­fully help stop some of the chil­dren try­ing to climb out and fall­ing.’’

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