Lyn selling her dolls for charity

STAWELL - Lyn Keller is set to sell a large collection of dolls with all the proceeds to go towards Breast Cancer Research. The range of dolls include antique, antique reproduction, barbie, cupie and all dolls in between. The reason for the sale will resonate with many individuals and families affected by Breast Cancer. "Between 2003 and 2007 I lost four family members to Breast Cancer, for all that to happen in such a short period, made it a very difficult time," Mrs Keller said. "I have lost my niece, cousins, sister, mother and grandmother to Breast Cancer so I have decided to give all proceeds from the sale of the dolls to Breast Cancer Research. "The fact I have three daughters makes me think of the real possibilities they could one day be affected because of the prevelance in my family." All of the money will go to Breast Cancer Network Australia, an organisation that works to ensure that women diagnosed with breast cancer, and their families, receive the very best information, treatment, care and support possible. Mrs Keller said her elderly aunt asked her one day if she wanted to come and look at her doll collection. "At first when she asked whether I would like them, I thought I should go for a look," she said. "I thought I would be looking at a collection of dolls the size of half a cupboard but it was actually half a shed. "Over a life time she had collected about 800 dolls." Since obtaining the collection Mrs Keller has either given away or sold a portion of the dolls through garage sales. She said the remainder of the dolls, about 500 are not in pristine condition but will be for sale. "Some of them have started to crack, so that is why no doll will be sold on the day for over $20," she said. One of the buyers will be up for a bargain with Mrs Keller revealing one of the antique dolls has been valued at $350. "The dolls for sale have been washed and dressed nicely in readiness to be sold," she said. "Most of them will go for a dollar or two, but if not they will be $5, $10 or $20 each." The sale will be held at the Stawell Agricultural Show pavilion in Patrick Street between 9am and 3pm tomorrow. "Cups of coffee and tea will be provided and a raffle held on the day as well," Mrs Keller said. "I am encouraging anyone, doll collectors or not to support the cause. "I really want to do something to help future generations."

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