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From solider to toy librarian

By Callum Jones

 

ALL charities and organisations couldn’t do important work in the community without the help of volunteers.

One such charity is the Toy Library, a facility at StGiles in New Town that is fully staffed by volunteers.

The Toy Library’s main purpose is to inspire children who access StGiles’ services and provide ongoing therapy through play.

Kevin Edwards is one of three people who volunteers at the Toy Library and is in charge of basic operations, as well as cleaning and fixing toys when necessary.

Mr Edwards said he loved what he did and above all, tried to make the library as stress free as possible.

“Parents have enough on their plate already,” he said.

“Volunteering is important for so many reasons as without volunteers, this program just wouldn’t happen, period.

“While one person is a drop in the ocean, volunteers as a collective are an ocean capable of making a massive difference.”

Mr Edwards began volunteering at the Toy Library after a chronic illness meant that he had to leave the Australian Army.

Mr Edwards said when he found out there was a volunteering role at the Toy Library, he “jumped straight in.”

“Anyone who knows me, knows that I am one of the world’s biggest kids,” he said.

“It was like somebody had created the perfect job for me.”

And thus, a soldier became a toy librarian and a giver of hope.

Mr Edwards, alongside a fellow volunteer, recently accepted a certificate of apprentice on behalf of StGiles as part of the Hobart City Volunteer Recognition Program.

For more information about the Toy Library, visit www.stgiles.org.au/toy-library

For more information about National Volunteering Week, visit www.volunteeringaustralia.org/nvw/

For more information about the Toy Library, visit https://www.stgiles.org.au/toy-library

Caption: Toy Library volunteer Kevin Edwards.

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