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Art for toys’ sake

Children’s artwork has been turned into gold for the Raglan Toy Library.

The Let’s Grown Early Learning Centre held its second art auction on Sunday and raised $2000 for the local toy library to buy new toys, with all art made by the children attending the childcare centre.

“In the months leading up to the exhibition, the children and teachers had been very busy creating their masterpieces,” says centre owner Kylie Milek.
The 63 eclectic artworks on sale included some funky tie-dyed t-shirts, screen prints, collages and textile art, with a large fabric and bead ‘dream catcher’ attracting the top bid.

The auction at Rock-It Café also gave parents the chance to see a short film by local filmmaker and one of the parents, Andy Duggan, showing the children at the centre dancing and singing The Pom Pom Song.

“We thought the auction would be a great way to bring our families together and to have a bit of fun, and with all the proceeds going to the local Raglan Toy Library, it really made for some serious bidding.”

Kylie says there was such a great response to last year’s exhibition that the centre decided to make it an annual event.
“We were only expecting 20-30 people to come along to last year’s event and to our surprise, there was well over 100. This year also had a great turn out despite the gloomy weather,” she says.

Raglan Ray White Real Estate agent Julie Hanna volunteered her time to run the auction, and topped up the final amount raised to bring it up to $2000.

Rachel Benn

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