Dolls not child’s play for this pensioner

2015-10-07 06:00
The ladies who 
knitted new outfits for the collection of dolls, are from left, Beaulah Niemand, Tina Blaber, Susan van Huyssteen, Marie van Rooyen, Marie Cecchini and Antoinette Bouwer. In the front is Monica van Vuuren.  
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The ladies who knitted new outfits for the collection of dolls, are from left, Beaulah Niemand, Tina Blaber, Susan van Huyssteen, Marie van Rooyen, Marie Cecchini and Antoinette Bouwer. In the front is Monica van Vuuren. Photo: SUPPLIED

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FOR little girls, a doll resembling a baby has always been included in playtime, but when these dolls lose their limbs and heads they are discarded. To many, these dolls lose their value, but for an elderly woman from Algoa Park, these dolls have done the opposite.

Monica van Vuuren (76) has been collecting dolls, in any condition, as part of a project to raise funds for underprivileged children. “Asking for money is not always the best option; that is why I opted to do something different”, said Van Vuuren.

With help from ladies at the Retha van der Merwe retirement village, where Van Vuuren resides, colourful outfits were knitted for the collection of dolls. This collection now comprises approximately fifty dolls; some of which are rare collectors’ items like the Kewpie doll.

“The bigger dolls are extremely expensive to clothe and on my pensioner’s budget it is not always easy,” said Van Vuuren. However, with the assistance of community members, Van Vuuren was able to realise her dream, which started in 2013, to collect and clothe dolls.

With the proceeds of the sale of the dolls, Van Vuuren aims to host a Christmas party for underprivileged children from the Northern Areas. Van Vuuren is passionate about serving these children and has been involved with many organisations for the past fifteen years.

Van Vuuren has also started her own shoebox drive and these presents will form part of the Christmas party she will host on December 12 for 56 children.

However, to ensure that she has enough funds for the party, she needs to sell her one of a kind dolls and hopes to find a toy collector who will help in this cause.

“It’s a bittersweet feeling having to let go of them. I became so used to them sitting on my couch. I will miss them, but I know that they will bring joy to someone else.”

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