LEGO enthusiasts Brick Expo have donated $60,000 to the Centenary Hospital on Wednesday morning (13 June) with Labor MLA Chris Steel receiving the cheque from the Chair of the Brick Expo organising committee David Boddy.
The Canberra Brick Expo have given a cheque to the Canberra Hospital’s paediatrics unit for the eighth consecutive year, bringing the overall total donated to more than $350,000.
Brick Expo is an annual exhibition where LEGO enthusiasts can view displays of rare and unique creations, including trains, planes, spaceships, racing cars, famous monuments and city sculptures while raising money for the paediatrics ward at the Canberra Hospital.
Labor MLA Chris Steel said the donations have made an amazing contribution to the improvement of the paedaitric ward.
“It is fabulous that we have an event like Brick Expo in Canberra every year since it began running in 2010,” he said.
“It is amazing that over the years the Expo has been running, that you have been able to contribute $350,000 to improve the comfort here in the paediatric ward and to buy much-needed medical equipment that really makes a difference to children’s lives.”
Mr Boddy said the Canberra Brick expo started out with very simplistic goals.
“It all started when a couple of guys had LEGO in their garage and thought that they would show the public,” he said.
“As a result of all that hard work of putting on the show, it became apparent that we could do a lot of community fundraising and what better place to invest than back into paediatrics at Canberra Hospital.”
Mr Boddy said the event was still running due to the support of Canberrans and hard work from volunteers.
“We enjoy the event ourselves, but most of all, we love hosting an event that is family friendly, affordable and popular with people of all ages and backgrounds,” Mr Boddy said.
“It is really a joy to see the looks on people’s faces as they arrive and see rooms full of fantastic LEGO models. Like Christmas, Easter and a surprise birthday all rolled into one.
“The support of locals, as well as regional visitors, is what keeps us going every year. The funds we donate are based on the generosity and support of the local community, so it makes sense that the money stays local and supports local children while in hospital.
“With ongoing community support, we hope to be back here in 12 months topping up our donations with another cheque.”
The 2018 Brick Expo will be as big and diverse as previous years, with displays including a large selection of moving LEGO trains, LEGO mosaics and displays of space, pirate and dinosaur themes.
Tickets for the 2018 Brick Expo, which will be held Friday 10th August – Sunday 12th August, are currently on sale.