By Jessica Anstice
Berwick District Woodworkers Club presented 980 wooden toys to five local charities for Christmas in the Old Cheese Factory on Sunday 8 December.
More than 120 guests, including members of parliament, Cardinia and Casey councillors, and supporters of the club, watched on as the toys were officially handed over by Holt MP Anthony Byrne and City of Casey Cr Tim Jackson on behalf of the club.
Charities represented included Casey Information and Support Services, Cranbourne Information Support Services, Turning Point Support Services, South Eastern Migrant Services, and Windermere.
Representatives of the five charities were introduced by Berwick District Woodworkers Club president Len Preece before each received a token toy.
The charities collected their full allocation of toys on Monday 9 December to distribute them to disadvantaged children in the community, just in time for Christmas.
Guests were entertained with a number of items by Berwick Primary School choir.
Following formalities, guests enjoyed afternoon tea prepared by Woodwork Club members and their partners and were invited to an inspection of the workshop and facilities of the club.