Jiggi Preschool a community miracle

Celebrating the opening of the Jiggi Preschool on Sunday were (top l-r) Lismore mayoress Bernice King, Page MP Ian Causley and his wife June, and Lismore mayor Merv King.

It seems miracles do happen just ask anyone who was at the Jiggi Preschool opening on Sunday.

It was a celebration of community spirit over what seemed like impossible odds at the outset, and the end result is a $190,000 building created almost entirely from volunteer labour, donations and government grants.

Preschool director Cathy Ryan said it was like a miracle as an anonymous $30,000 interest free loan was what got the whole thing started.

At the beginning I thought this can never happen, she said. But it did. It was an incredible achievement. And there was help from people in the community who have nothing to do with the preschool, or who put their children through 20 years ago.

Local architect Tom Bond designed the building and drew up the plans for free, and preschool father and builder Lachlan Gibbons took the project on, assisted by other local tradesmen who also donated their time.

As donations co-ordinator Kelly Sutton got on the blower and convinced local businesses to give over $20,000 worth of materials and she also laid the tiles in the bathroom.

Meanwhile, Tursa provided Work-for-the-Dole labour to the value of $70,000, locals who were good with words managed to obtain grant money, and countless volunteers attended working bees to finish the job.


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