News from our friends at Playgroup QLD:

Playgroup QLD is excited to launch the Hyundai and Playgroup QLD 2012 Art Union. The major prize, a Hyundai iMax, is valued at over $46,000 and will be won by a lucky Playgroup QLD supporter.

‘We are thrilled to launch the first public Playgroup QLD Art Union,’ said Kimberley Miller, Playgroup QLD’s Event Coordinator, ‘as a small state based organisation, chances are very good for the general public to win some great prizes. With tickets selling for $5 each, it’s a great opportunity to support a local charity – and possibly win a car!’

As well as a car, which was kindly donated by Hyundai, other prizes include holidays, toy packages and entertainment packages, with the total prize pool of ten prizes valued at over $56,000.

Proceeds from the ticket sales will contribute toward establishing playgroups, improving playgroup facilities, purchasing toys and equipment, expanding Playgroup QLD’s early intervention programs for vulnerable families and providing parent resources and support.

Communities across Queensland have benefited from the work of Playgroup QLD. With over 1,000 Playgroup sessions run each week across the state, many lives have been touched by this not-for- profit organisation.

Joanne Jackson, of Millaa Millaa in Far North Queensland, saw a need for a Playgroup in the area. With a small population in an isolated area, the Playgroup Children’s Foundation assisted the Playgroup to create a safe, welcoming environment for carers and children to socialise and learn together.

‘The Playgroup Children’s Foundation has made it possible for this much needed Playgroup to get up and running. It’s a great foundation supporting Playgroups by providing funds to purchase quality play equipment and toys. It’s vital that children and carers alike do not feel alone and isolated, especially with the constant rain here. Any carers of young children should come along, let them run around like crazy and burn off some energy. It is great fun for both kids and carers’, Joanne Jackson said.

The top 3 prizes in the Playgroup QLD Art Union are:

1st Prize – Hyundai iMax valued at $46,888.00 2nd Prize – Educational Experience Toys and Equipment valued at $3,000.00 3rd Prize – ABC Roadshow Entertainment Package valued at $2,000.00

Tickets are available for $5 each on the Playgroup QLD website at or over the phone at 1800 171 882. Each ticket sale allows the purchaser to nominate their favourite Playgroup and the 20 Playgroup with the most nominations will win great prizes.

The raffle will be drawn on 2 November 2012, and winners will be notified by phone or email.