THERE were plenty of smiles, and even a few tears of joy, recently at PCYC Singleton, thanks to Dolly’s Charity Shop.
The not-for-profit premises in George Street completed its second community project, in the past four months, following a chance meeting with the organisation’s activities officer Vera Katris.
Now, the PCYC boasts $1100 worth of leisure gear, much to the delight of everyone at the High Street facility.
“I met Vera, who was spending all her time walking around Singleton selling raffle tickets,” Dolly’s Charity Shop manager Gary Holland said.
“She informed me the PCYC was trying to buy equipment for the children’s activities groups she managed.
“I asked her to get a list of the things she required from SportsPower, which she did.
“We received the invoice, with a wonderful discount, and paid it accordingly.
“So, now, Vera will not wear her shoes out – and has the equipment for her group activities.
“Dolly’s strikes again; it’s what she’s all about.”
Ms Katris admitted the generous gesture made her cry.
“We’ve been able to purchase basketball hoops, Frisbees, quoits, tennis racquets, a utility rebound net, badminton and volleyball sets, and much more,” she said.
“A big thanks to Dolly’s and also SportsPower Singleton.
“We are very, very grateful.
“It was wonderful of them.
“A lot of the gear had plenty of use during the school holidays, too.”
In April, Dolly’s raised enough money – $3500 – to enter into an agreement with the town’s youth centre to build a utilities shed, which will assist the area’s youngsters.
And, with the help of Singleton Council and Bunnings Singleton, the project came to fruition sooner rather than later.
“That was our first undertaking,” Mr Holland said.
“After a workshop meeting with the Singleton Youth Centre and council, it was agreed that we’d purchase the actual prefab building, which will be located at the rear of their facility.
“The centre will then furnish it as required, so that the ‘street kids’ and others have a place to wash and dry their clothing, as well as room for other personalised activities.”