Using a huge Lego collection for good
Doors opened once again last week to see what is quite likely the Selwyn district’s largest Lego collection, for a good cause.
Rolleston’s Rachel and Jason deVries’ enormous collection of the popular plastic building blocks featured in their third Christmas grotto display at their Bronte Way home.
The event raised $3000 from the $2 entry fee and a Sunday BBQ for the family of West Melton School pupil Honor, who had cerebral palsy. It was the second year that the couple’s company, House of Bricks, had run the event to raise funds for Honor.
‘‘We wanted to do something good in the community, we wanted to help people,’’ Rachel said.
Rachel and friend Perdita Bakker had worked with Honor as Porse carers when she was younger.
The displays in the grotto included functional chairs, tiny towns, machines, remote controlled cars and large wall panels made up of 20,000 bricks. With the help of their three kids, the family had spent three months preparing the displays.
‘‘It’s not a full time job, it’s mostly playing around in the evenings,’’ Rachel said.
The pair of panels for example took 50 hours to complete and had been ready since February. Rachel said she was now champing at the bit to use the parts for something new.
Jason was the first collector in the family, starting his collection at age four, she said.
‘‘I got into it six years ago, when I purchased 4000 two by one bricks,’’ she said.
Although Rachel said she bought the bricks for her kids, they ended up going into a model
‘‘We wanted to do something good in the community, we wanted to help people.’’
of their house and igniting her passion for the plastic building blocks.
‘‘For me, it’s been a real art outbreak. I’m not an artistic person normally, until I get my hands on Lego.
‘‘We have no clue how much is in our personal collection.’’
With more 100,000 individual pieces packed into tubs for use by the company, the couple did school visits, corporate events, fundraisers and community days.
‘‘We wanted to inspire that next generation of people who want to be engineers, architects. Who love to be hands on.’’
Perdita Bakker and Rachel deVries of House of Bricks chill out on Lego chairs.
West Melton School pupils dig into one of four huge lego piles at the grotto.