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First Ever Ryde Brick Fair a Huge Success

On Sunday, 16th September, the inaugural Ryde Brick Fair was held at Ryde East Public School. The event was the first of its kind for the local area, and the excitement was evident with over 2000 people visiting the show throughout the day. Katrina Verinder, Ryde East Public School Principal, recognised the social benefits of the fair.

“The Ryde Brick Fair is an opportunity for the whole community to come together to share in their common interest in creating and designing with LEGO.” Ms Verinder said.

Displays were provided by more than 20 members of SydLUG, Sydney’s only registered LEGO User Group, and included a giant city layout with working trains and  moving theme park rides. The event also saw the public debut of one builder’s massive robot, a Japanese Gundam. The event aimed to raise money for essential resources for the school, and Ryde East Public’s P & C President, Chris, was impressed with how well the event went.

“We were so happy with the exhibits. Every adult, child (and childish adult!) was in awe of the detail and creativity displayed in all the work displayed. All the SydLUG exhibitors were very professional, engaged with the audience well and we look forward to hosting them again in the future,” said Chris.

In addition to viewing the displays, fair attendees were able to purchase delicious food such as pulled pork and coleslaw rolls and a variety of home-baked goodies from the cake stall. Children were able to race remote control LEGO racing cars, build a creation of their own at the free building tables or have fun on the jumping castle. Students of the school participated in a building competition in the lead up to the show and the winners were presented with their awards and their creations displayed, on the day.

Photo opportunities abounded with various cosplayers roaming the grounds on the day, from superheroes and villains to Star Wars characters. Kids and grownups alike were excited to snap a selfie with a passing “celebrity”.

SydLUG is looking forward to returning to Ryde East Public School for an event in the future.

Illawarra brick show a spectacular success

The weekend of March 10-11 saw Kembla Grange Racecourse transformed into a LEGO lover’s dream, with the inaugural Illawarra Brick Spectacular taking place. Organised by six Illawarra based members of the Sydney LEGO User Group (SydLUG), the event was run to raise much needed funds for the KidzWish Foundation. KidzWish provide support for children across the Illawarra and NSW South Coast who are sick, disadvantaged or disabled.

Chief organiser, Graham Draper, said he came up with the idea for the show eight months ago, and his initial goal was to raise $20,000 for KidzWish. The $21,606 raised not only exceeded his expectations, but completely overwhelmed the foundation.

‘I am very proud to have been able to create an event that so many people believed in, and the smiles on the faces of the people that attended over the weekend was inspiring. Passing over the proceeds of the event to the CEO of the Kidzwish Foundation and seeing her break down in tears when I told her how much we had raised, was an incredibly great feeling and I look forward to doing it bigger and better next year,’ Graham said.

32 exhibitors from SydLUG took part in the show, impressing the crowds with their creativity and building skills. Crowd favourites included the Batman Theme Park, a Western themed MOC, and a technic Rubix Cube solver. Visitors to the show were also able to show off their own LEGO skills at the free building tables; have some fun on the jumping castle; or enjoy lunch from the sausage sizzle. Over 3,800 people visited the exhibition over the weekend reassuring organisers that there is plenty of love for the brick in the Illawarra. The event is set to become an annual exhibition, with KidzWish excited at what the future holds for their charity with such great supporters on board.

‘We are very proud that the Brick Spectacular have chosen to support us. With so many children needing your help, your support is invaluable,’ said Beau Thatcher, Community Events Manager, KidzWish.

Additional funds of $300 were donated by businesses and an extra $2400 was raised by a raffle held at the event. Special thanks were given to the 15 volunteers that made the event possible and ensured both its smooth running and the enjoyment of attendees.