Gar­den trail plays out well for toy li­brary

The Leader (Tasman) - - GARDENING - ELISE VOLLWEILER

The com­mit­tee mem­bers of the Motueka District Toy Li­brary are breath­ing a quiet sigh of re­lief that the mid-Oc­to­ber weather put on a glo­ri­ous show for their an­nual gar­den trail.

The event, which is the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s main fundraiser, of­fered a splen­did week­end for the 300 ticket-hold­ers, with more than 20 prop­er­ties around the re­gion on dis­play.

Com­bined with the multi-draw raf­fle and the com­mit­tee’s small cafe´ of home­bak­ing at the Toy Li­brary/ Se­niorNet base, the gar­den trail brought in about $6000, which is to go to­wards fund­ing new toys and run­ning costs.

Vice chair­per­son Sarah Bain said the com­mit­tee was thrilled with the sup­port that the com­mu­nity con­tin­ued to of­fer to the gar­den trail.

She was hum­bled that more than 25 lo­cal com­pa­nies were gen­er­ous enough to do­nate prizes, es­pe­cially with the knowl­edge that busi­nesses in Motueka are fre­quently asked to sup­port a range of great causes.

She said the gar­den trail was the lynch­pin of the toy li­brary’s fundrais­ing.

‘‘We’re lucky to have such a great for­mula – this fund­ing is so im­por­tant be­cause of all the re­quire­ments of run­ning a non­profit or­gan­i­sa­tion.’’

The toy li­brary has been go­ing from strength to strength in re­cent years, with the mem­ber­ship just top­ping the 200-fam­ily mark in the past fort­night, for the first time in many years.

Toy Li­brar­ian Mary Rus­sell said that the grow­ing num­bers were largely due to word of mouth, as fam­i­lies shared their pos­i­tive ex­pe­ri­ences as toy li­brary mem­bers.

When the com­mit­tee’s toy buy­ers pur­chased new items – which they did reg­u­larly – they tried to lis­ten to feed­back and re­flect the needs of their mem­bers.

For ex­am­ple, Rus­sell ref­er­enced the num­ber of wooden and di­ver­gent, or multi-use, toys that the li­brary now of­fered.

The Motueka District Toy Li­brary is lo­cated at 44 Pah Street, and is open on Tues­day and Thurs­days, from 10am un­til 11.30am, and on Satur­days from 10am un­til 12pm.

PATRICK HAMIL­TON/ THE LEADER

Miriam Lee’s gar­den in a pre­vi­ous year’s Toy Li­brary Gar­den Trail.

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