Garden trail plays out well for toy library
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.
Miriam Lee’s garden in a previous year’s Toy Library Garden Trail.