Ox­ford Kinder­garten chil­dren learn about giv­ing

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The Gore Kids’ Hub is a step closer to its $1.7 mil­lion fundrais­ing goal af­ter re­ceiv­ing a $231,000 Lotteries Fa­cil­i­ties Grant this week.

Com­mit­tee mem­ber Bron­nie Grant said the grant meant the Gore Kids’ Hub build­ing, which will of­fi­cially open on Jan­uary 30, is now debt free.

‘‘Es­sen­tially it means that out of our $1.7m bud­get we’ve got $220,000 left to go,’’ Grant said.

‘‘It’s a fan­tas­tic Christ­mas present.’’

The build­ing, at Wayland Park next to the MLT Events Cen­tre, has been built by the Gore Play­cen­tre, Gore Toy Li­brary and Gore Par­ents’ Cen­tre and all three groups would cover on­go­ing costs for the build­ing once they moved in. An of­fice and stor­age area would be rented out to pro­vide ad­di­tional in­come.

The Lotteries grant means the com­mit­tee can now make a start on the Hub’s $375,000 play­ground. Equip­ment had been sourced from Europe, she said. ‘‘We’ll be look­ing at get­ting it up and go­ing for next sum­mer. It’ll take about eight weeks to get it built once we give the go-ahead.’’

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