We recently received seven hand-made kids’ wooden tables and chairs, along with wooden toys to distribute to children’s hospital wards and services across the Sunshine Coast region.
Members of the Blackall Range Woodcrafters Guild, also known as the ‘Woodies’, spent several months making the tables and chairs as part of their ongoing community give-back project.
Driven by a love for their craft and a desire to help their local group and charities, the hinterland group are known for their boundless generosity and support of many local charities.
As well as tables and chairs, the ‘Woodies’ have dedicated time to making various wooden items for the Health Service including tables, the lectern and candlesticks for the Sunshine Coast University Hospital Chapel, and many years ago the Nambour Hospital chapel.
Wishlist CEO, Lisa Rowe, said the donation of the toys, tables and chairs was just as important to Wishlist’s work as the financial donations needed to support all areas of local health.
“We currently have quite a few paediatric projects underway. Many require enhancements to children’s waiting room areas from Caloundra to Gympie Hospital. We’d otherwise buy these items for areas that need them, so the ‘Woodies’ have saved us money and made a big difference to our local hospitals.”
The group has also offered to assist Wishlist with The House The Coast Built project – a home away from home for families with loved-ones receiving treatment at the Sunshine Coast University Hospital.
“This group of clever men and women make such a difference to our community, while doing something they love,” Ms Rowe said.
The wooden furniture was delivered to Wishlist on 1 November and is already in use in various hospital wards and units including the Sunshine Coast University Hospital Paediatric Outpatient Ward, Maternity Ward, Paediatric Intensive Care Unit and the Gympie Hospital Paediatric Unit.