Phew, what a day - and we don''t just mean the heat! 🥵 We are absolutely thrilled to have completed our very first toy collection day at the Rolleston Community Centre , which of course means that we are now fully operational!! 🥳
This is the culmination of nearly two years of planning, fundraising, and sheer hard work by a small team of dedicated volunteers, as well as some incredible support from local businesses and community funders. Massive shout-outs to Storage King Rolleston, whose generous donation of two storage units and use of a delivery truck meant we could forge ahead with our innovative online library, as well as Pub Charity Limited, Rātā Foundation and many, many others along the way, not least of which includes our wonderful new members 🙏
We couldn’t be happier to see the dream finally become a reality, and can’t wait to see all these fabulous toys being enjoyed by our local Rolleston families! ☺️
We are thrilled to announce that we have an opening date!! 🤩
The Rolleston Toy Library will officially open as New Zealand’s first purely online-based toy library from 6 January 2020. From this date, members will be able to view and reserve toys on our website, with the first toy collection date being 2 February.
What this also means is that you can now start signing up and purchasing memberships. The team have been working incredibly hard over the past few months to source, catalogue, and package some amazing toys that we know our local families are going to love - we can’t wait to share them with you!
Of course, none of this would be possible without the wonderful support of our sponsors and funders, especially Storage King Rolleston, who have generously donated the use of two units to house our toy collection while we find our feet. Special thanks also to the Selwyn District Council, Pub Charity Limited, and Rātā Foundation for the grants that have made it possible to purchase everything we need to get up and running, as well as everyone else who has given us a helping hand along the way.
While we still hunt for permanent premises to operate from, we are looking forward to opening an online toy library to service our local Rolleston families. We are working hard behind the scenes to get our Toy Library open before the end of the year. Please follow our Facebook page for updates.