Brickset charity raffle: LEGO now being distributed to hospitals

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Charity donationThe £4800 ($7500) that you helped raise in the recent Brickset charity raffle is now being distributed and used to buy LEGO for childrens' hospitals around the world.

SirKevBags, who organised it, writes "I'm pleased to announce that the first hand-over of raffle fund proceeds has taken place. Forum member bmwlego was tasked with spending $600 to purchase LEGO for the Cohen Children's Medical Centre in New Hyde Park, New York.

"With hard work, savvy spending and some help from his friends at ILUGNY Brian managed to stretch the initial budget of $600 to purchase LEGO worth more than $1200. Great work Brian!

"All of the other donations will be taking place as soon as possible so check back for more updates and more pictures soon!"

18 comments on this article

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By in United States,

Absolutely fabulous - great work. Great, great work.

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By in United Kingdom,

Well done, that man! :-)

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By in United Kingdom,

Just goes to show, the possibilities of Lego are endless. Well done Kev!!

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By in United Kingdom,

Excellent news, Well done guys!!

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By in United States,

You know what you should do before you buy all the legos is get with an employee of one of the brand stores to see if you can use them for their discount making those donated dollars stretch!

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By in United Kingdom,

^ All discount opportunities are explored but I think the 50% overall saving Brian achieved will take some beating :-)

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By in United States,

I was born there =-)

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By in United Kingdom,

Top job, Brian - you did great !

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By in Canada,

What a great cause! Appreciate everyone who participated in the event!! :D

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By in United States,

Awesome!

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By in Australia,

Wouldn't they prefer the cash? You know, so they could spend it on actual medical stuff instead of toys?

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By in United States,

Thanks @DrDaveWatford!
Glad I could help out!
@kevbags and the Brickset community-amazing what a community can achieve when working together.
Hopefully this can become a staple of ILUGNY for years to come.

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By in United States,

@Huey1, As a paramedic with many years of experience with chronically and terminally ill children I can tell you that 99% of what will matter in their treatment is how they are cared for. No matter how much money we throw at the problem people will get sick and people will die. For a pittance we can make untold numbers of sick children smile and laugh despite how much they suffer. The children, their families, and those of us who try to help them get well will all overwhelmingly agree that a small gesture like this makes an enormous difference in their lives. I'm proud of what the Brickset Community has done here and glad that my friend Brian/bmwlego & I LUG NY had a chance to be a small part of it. Thanks Kevbags for doing this, if we measured the effects of our health system in happy moments brought to children you'd be one of the greatest doctors of our age. -bill...still asks every kid if they want to drive the ambulance

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By in United Kingdom,

@Huey1 I'm not a medical person but I doubt giving cash to spend on medical equipment would have the impact that the LEGO will. If we were talking about millions then yes I would agree with you but at £400/$600 I think the smiles on childrens faces is worth more.

Secondly its actually very difficult to offer cash directly to an individual ward. Money tends to go to a central fund so its unlikely that the children would see the full amount.

From the discussions that have taken place with hospital staff the model we have adopted is very favourable to them.

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By in United Kingdom,

I think you've done an amazing job those kid's must be over the moon.

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By in New Zealand,

great work everyone, sorry I missed all the fun but what a fantastic idea and the result is brilliant too

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By in United States,

great job Brickset and everyone who gave to support this. I didn't give any money for this (I wasn't a member back then) but that is still awesome.

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By in United States,

Awesome!

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