7 December 2022

Artist’s doll’s house set to aid homeless service

Jeremy Maxwell and Reverend Lynda Crossley with the doll’s house. Picture: supplied.

Jenan Taylor

26 October 2022

A Mornington Peninsula parish is set to raffle an artist’s doll’s house with funds to go to a local homelessness support service.

The Anglican parish of All Saints Rosebud with St Katherine’s McCrae will raffle the doll’s house and is collecting other items to help people who are aided by Southern Peninsula Community Support.

Priest in charge the Reverend Lynda Crossley said homelessness continued to be one of the area’s most pressing social issues, and the raffle was a way for the parish to help address it.

Ms Crossley said the doll’s house, had been created by her aunt, the artist and writer Anita Sinclair, and who then donated it to the churches.

She said it had been inspired by Ms Sinclair’s own childhood when she was evacuated to Cornwall during the Second World War, and had become enthralled by an old fisherman’s cottage.

Ms Sinclair had also made a similar doll’s house which she donated to the Royal Children’s Hospital’s cancer ward to be raffled off.

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“She was never entirely sure how much it raised, but she did say that it had cost her about $3000 to make,” Ms Crossley said.

Southern Peninsula Community Support chief executive officer Jeremy Maxwell said that the house and the collection of miniature items inside of it were remarkable.

Mr Maxwell said the organisation ran several programs including, its Southern Peninsula Laundry and Shower initiative for people who were sleeping rough around the Rosebud area.

Aside from providing them with the showers, food and material aid, the project aimed to link them in with housing services and other support.

He said the funds raised by the Rosebud McCrae parish would primarily be directed towards the program.

But Mr Maxwell said his organisation had a thriving relationship with the parish which had a long history in the area of supporting services.

”It’s a lovely thing they do to help people who are doing it tough. They care for the community, which is what we hope all our churches would do,” he said.

Ms Crossley said the parish council hoped to start the online raffle in November.

For tickets contact All Saints Op Shop Rosebud on 5986 6949 or the parish on 5972 0483.

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