Spreading the spirit of Christmas

Busy making toys from left, St Peter''s College VCAL student Bailey East, Junction Village Men''s Shed members Dermott Magee, George Broad, Garry Cahill, Cranbourne Salvation Army Kerry Jose and Damon Quirk of St Peter''s College. 188415_02. Picture: STEWART CHAMBERS

Junction Village Men’s Shed has been busy producing their annual wooden toy collection – and this year they have received a helping hand.

Its members, which are based at Aveo Botanic Gardens Retirement Village have made 223 wooden toys which have been donated to the Salvation Army Cranbourne Christmas toy fund.

For the past seven years members have made over 200 toys per year which gives them great joy that they are helping disadvantaged children.

For the first time, six VCAL students from St Peter’s College, Cranbourne Campus, contributed to the Toy Fund by making twenty-eight dolls cots under the supervision of Shed members. These cots were also decorated with dolls, bedding and dolls clothing made by the retirement village Ladies Craft Group.

The VCAL students were able to access funding for the cot making project through a VCAL Innovative Community Partnership Grant from the Catholic Education Commission of Victoria Ltd.

Cranbourne Campus VCAL Coordinator Chris O’Hara, said he was pleased with the outcome of the project.

“This was an excellent project for our students to undertake which in turn resulted in many positive outcomes for both our students and the members of The Men’s Shed. The students were so proud to produce a product which will benefit another person in our community,” he said.

Both students and staff are looking forward to building on this relationship in 2019.

Junction Village Men’s Shed Inc welcomes new members. Anyone interested in encourage to contact Gary Cahill on 0408 141 734

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