Woodworkers add to Christmas joy


Toys are us: Clementine, Cr Antonella Celli, Community Bank’s Gary Sanford, Wordworkers president John Bayliss and Flinders MP Greg Hunt. Picture: Barry Irving

ELVES at the Woodworkers of the Southern Peninsula have been busy throughout the year hand-making wooden toys.

On Saturday 9 December Woodworkers’ president John Bayliss supervised the handover of the toys to charities Food for All, Salvation Army and Western Port Christmas Giving Program, charities which will distribute them to families and children in need this Christmas.

At the handover were Flinders MP Greg Hunt, Cr Antonella Celi, and Bendigo Bank’s Rosebud, Dromana and Rye manager Gary Sandford.

Mr Sandford said the bank had supported the woodwork club for the past 10 years. He said he was continually being amazed at the quality and craftsmanship of the toys.

Mr Hunt said too many people were struggling on the peninsula. “By distributing quality toys through the Salvation Army, Food for All and the Western Port Giving Program, you will help a lot of kids at Christmas and you should be happy with yourselves.”

Cr Celi thought she had “walked into a wonderland” when she saw the toys.

“I was curious as to which toy I should I touch first. Then I was warmed by the thought of all the smiling faces of the children receiving the toys at Christmas,” she said.

First published in the Southern Peninsula News – 19 December 2017


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