Proceeds from Lego show build joy for children

Building funds . . . Koru Care Otago children set to travel to the Gold Coast on Saturday (from left) Luke Simpson (14), Megan Miller (13), Jonty Garthwaite (12) with chairwoman Carmen Lobb, receive a cheque made of plastic bricks from the Lego Users Group Otago chairwoman Jacqui Hay, all of Dunedin, outside the Edgar Centre on Monday, supported by group members and Koru Care Otago volunteers. PHOTO: SHAWN MCAVINUE

The Dunedin Brick Show is helping children with a disability or chronic illness depart for an overseas experience on Saturday.

About 6700 people attended the show in the Edgar Centre last month, helping raise $8000 for this year’s chosen children’s charity, Koru Care Otago.

Lego Users Group Otago chairwoman Jacqui Hay gave Koru Care Otago chairwoman Carmen Lobb a colourful cheque made of Lego outside the centre on Monday.

Ms Lobb said the money would be used to help pay to take 12 “deserving” Otago children with a disability or chronic illness on a trip to Australia.

From Saturday, the 12 children, aged between 11 and 17, were being taken on a nine-day trip to the Gold Coast.

Fundraising paid for the trip, which cost about $2500 per child.

Six adults would accompany the children including Ms Lobb as “camp mum”, she said.

The charity had been taking children on the annual trips since 1988.

Megan Miller (13), of South Dunedin, speaking to The Star on Monday, said she was ready for the trip.

“I’m already packed.”

The activity she was looking forward to the most in Australia was holding a koala and going to Wet’n’Wild theme park.

The trip would be the first time she had travelled outside New Zealand.

Ms Lobb thanked Mrs Hay for selecting Koru Care Otago as this year’s recipient.

“It’s much appreciated – it’s so good to get enough money to take three kids away.”