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BUSY FINGERS

June was a very sad month for the Busy Fingers family with the passing of one of our own valued friends who gave so much of his time to helping others. Peter James came to Busy Fingers as a valued volunteer always willing to give a hand, and eventually took on the role of truck driver. He continued in this role for several years before retiring from working life. Peter was always happy with an infectious laugh and the broadest smile that lit up his whole face and always friendly to all our customers, staff and volunteers.

He was also a great family man. When he retired he loved spending time with his grandchildren who he escorted to and from school while their parents were working. He had an excellent bond with these little ones who will deeply miss their “Pop”. Busy Fingers extends our deepest heartfelt condolences to Peter’s family and friends at this sad time. Rest in Peace Dear Pete. Sonia, our manager has been very busy over the last few weeks, installing more clothing racks and shelving, this has resulted in the rearrangement of the shop once again. Once this is completed, the shop should be even more open, spacious and customer friendly.

The new clothing racks will allow us to continually have an assortment of both summer and winter clothing on display throughout the year. We continue to have various sales during the week, so come and check out the many bargains.

FRIDAY 10TH AUGUST IS PYJAMA DAY AT BUSY FINGERS – Our staff and volunteers have registered with Asthma Queensland to join their Fundraising day, they are going to come to work in their PJ’s and we hope our customers will help them raise much-needed funds for Asthma research by donating a coin or two. There will also be a $2 sausage sizzle available so please come and join in the fun.

JULY IS $2 SAUSAGE SIZZLE MONTH to raise further funds for the Asthma appeal, the staff and volunteers are arranging a random $2 sausage sizzle day during the month of July. So check the blackboard by the front door each week to determine which day the sausage sizzle day will be held.

SHOP GATES

With the continued dumping of rubbish and people accessing our bins and shed through the bush at the back of the shop, we have had to resort to arranging to have a fence erected around the total area of the shop, this will be finalised shortly. Due to our valued customers needing to drop off donations over the weekend, a volunteer has kindly offered to open the gates on Sunday morning for 2 hours. The gates will open at 9 am and be locked at 11 am, so if you are unable to drop off items during the week or on Saturday morning please keep these hours in mind. We once again sincerely apologise for any inconvenience the locking of gates has incurred, but it has become necessary due to the actions of a few people who have no regard for others.

FUNDS RAISE THIS LAST FINANCIAL YEAR

As most island residents know, we raise funds through the running of the shop for the benefit of the island residents to enhance our safety and quality of life. We do this through the schools, SES, VMR, Hospice, Police, Surf Life Saving, not for profit sporting clubs and kindergartens, Diabetes Support, The Bribie Island Retirement Village & Aged Care and many others, we do not support individuals or have sponsorships. Over the last 12 months we have managed to support the following groups:- Ongoing – Monthly Fuel for VMR and Monthly support of BI-Moreton Hospice for a Palliative Care Suite. Combi Oven for Meals on Wheels.

To help ensure our safety the BI Police have more mountain bikes and 4WD recovery equipment. Various sporting equipment for Bombora Outriggers, Little Athletics, BI Surf Club, BI Netball Club and Cricket Club and the Bongaree Bowls Club has new scoreboards. BI Retirement Village has fire evacuation mattresses on all beds, trolleys, wall soundproofing to improve noise reduction for residents comfort and other safety equipment and outdoor furniture for Woorim Lodge.

BI Primary School now has choral risers, hardware, outdoor seating and volunteer shirts. Banksia Beach School has new books and book trolleys for their “Books before the Bell” programme. Several walking and athletic Clubs have received many shirts, hats, water bottles, shade shelters, pedometers and other equipment. The Girl Guides have office equipment, gutter cleaning and tree removal, and the House of Happiness required ceiling fans. The Men’s Shed has a new concrete floor and the Art Society has a new concrete outdoor area.

BI Kindy has hats and shirts, teaching equipment, Ipads and new flooring. 20 educational camp places for children of BI Diabetes Support. Maritime Cadets have new uniforms and BI Indoor Bowls Club has a newly painted building. Tigers Soccer Club has replacements for their stolen goal posts. Office equipment for BI Historical Society and Healthy Slimmers. In December Coolamon Social Club received 2 computers so that residents can enter the IT world and learn to use email, internet, internet banking and other programmes.

Email is especially helpful for keeping in touch with family and friends who may live further away. We hope the residents are enjoying the benefits of the IT world and must be experts by now after 6 months training. We have managed to spread the funds over many different associations, clubs and groups and we hope this has enhanced the quality of life of our island residents. We sincerely thank all of our supporters, for both donating their pre-loved goods and our many customers for making this possible.

We hope to continue our support of the island over the next year and many years in the future. As always we wish to thank our dear friend Richard and his merry group at the Bribie Islander for allowing us to let you know what is happening in Cotterill Ave. Hope to see you in the shop soon. Sandra

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