A mitey fundraiser
By EMMA CORNFORD
WHEN Sophie Wilson started going to playgroup, she could not play indoors with the other children.
The four-year-old's serious allergy to dustmites meant she would have a severe reaction to the carpet on the floor whenever she was near it.
Her mother, play group co-ordinator Janette Wilson, realised something had to be done for Sophie and other children with allergies, so the group began to fundraise to try and get a new non-allergenic floor which would also be easy to clean.
Four months later and with the help of local businesses including Woolworths, Bunnings and Andersons, the children now have a new vinyl floor, sandpit, trampoline, sunshades and toys. Soon they will also have an air-conditioner.
"We got together around $2000 in cash and donations just by doorknocking and just asking people. Businesses have been fantastic," Ms Wilson said.
"The kids' reaction has been fantastic. Sophie's been so excited because she can play inside with the other kids and doesn't feel left out.
"All the new equipment has been a hit. It's been like Christmas for the past three months for the kids with all the new things."
Around 45 businesses helped out the playgroup, which is now set up to cater for more children in the coming years.
"The kids just love it."