Eggins St donates Wii to sick kids
KIDS spending time in the Grafton Base Hospital children’s ward will now hopefully find their stay a little brighter thanks to the residents of Eggins St, Grafton.
On Tuesday, a shiny new Nintendo Wii console along with a swag of games and accessories found a new home in the ward, paid for by a $500 Harvey Norman gift voucher donated to the hospital by the residents – their prize for winning last year’s Christmas Light competition for the street display category.
Dick Pryor, one of the residents of the street which has become famous for its elaborate street-wide light display every Christmas, said it was a great way to spend the prize money.
“We always light up, it’s a tradition in our street – Eggins St is known as the milk bottle street with the lights, candles that type of thing. There are 16 houses in the street and 13 lit up for last year’s competition,” Mr Pryor said.
“So we had a $500 gift voucher between 13 people – everyone got talking and it just came together as a group decision to donate to the children’s ward,” he said.
“There are a lot of kids in the street as well, so it’s part and parcel, we never hope our kids are up there but at least it might help put a smile on their dial if they are ever up there.”
Mr Pryor said the Wii package which was brought back to the hospital actually came to a bit more than $500 but he said Harvey Norman in Grafton kindly made up the difference.
He said the reaction from the staff and patients at the hospital was a reward in itself.
“They couldn’t take the smiles off their faces,” he chuckled.
“They were very pleased up there.”
Mr Pryor said the Eggins St residents were passionate about the annual Christmas light display and said planning was well under way for this year’s spectacle.