The Lifestyle Casey Fields Woodworkers Group was established in 2016 by a small group of woodworkers meeting a few hours every Thursday morning in the Community Workshop.
It was decided that the group would make toys to sell at local markets, with the aim to of giving the money to charity. The group collectively decided that the charity had to be for kids and also a cancer-based charity so they could maximise the donation by getting the Lifestyle Community Foundation to match the woodworker’s donations. The Lifestyle Communities Foundation was established in 2014 in honour of one of its founding partners, Dael Perlov, who died from pancreatic cancer.
In 2016, the Woodworkers Group were selling toys at various markets around the local area with minimal success, and in that year the group donated $1,500 to Monash Children’s cancer unit, with the Lifestyle Foundation matching the donation, enabling the Group to donate $3,000 in total.
In 2017 the group decided to take things up a notch, paying for a site at the Craft Markets Australia markets in Mornington and Red Hill. This was the turning point of their efforts and things started looking up with a donation to Monash Children’s cancer unit of $3,000, again with the Lifestyle Foundation matching the donation, enabling the Group to donate $6,000 in total.
In 2018, the group faced a challenge finding enough recycled wood to keep up with the toy making (demand), not to mention the group had expanded from 4 members to 10. The answer came from across the road via a company called Joey. Joey makes wall cavity units and they provided the group with offcuts they couldn’t use. This was a such a valuable contribution and great opportunity for the Woodworking Group who were able to keep up the toy making.
On Thursday 24th January, 7 members of the Woodworking Group and the Community Managers from Lifestyle Casey Fields visited Monash Children’s Hospital in Clayton to meet with Monash Fundraising representatives, Basem Kerbage and Melisssa Moyle. The group presented their most recent donation, made from sales at the 2018 craft markets – a new record of $4,000, which Lifestyle Communities Foundation matched, making a grand total of $8,000. This cheque was presented to the Children’s Cancer Unit manager Natalie Radin. The meeting was very humbling to say the least and the group definitely felt that the work completed over the years was well worth the effort.
Our Woodworkers Group would like to thank Joey, Craft Markets Australia and the Lifestyle Communities Foundation for their support throughout the year.
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