At a recent Tauranga Registered Master Builders Association meeting, members were asked to give up some of their time to build a playhouse for a two-year-old boy called Regan (from Papamoa), as part of a Make-A-Wish Foundation wish.
A number of Tauranga RMBA members generously donated their time to help out someone from their community.
Regan has acute lymphoblastic leukemia and has undergone various treatments since he was just nine months old.
He finished his chemotherapy treatment at the end of March but, because his immune system has been weakened by the treatment, he’s unable to join a play centre for at least 12 months, possibly never.
David Shaw from Shaw Builders, along with builders from Gary Walmsley Builders, Form New Zealand, DY Builders and Adobe Builders, arrived at Regan’s house one morning, tools in hand and all set to go.
Regan’s parents had taken him out for the morning, and the builders had a set time frame in which to build the playhouse so it would be ready by the time he got home.
“The instructions for the playhouse said it would take about four hours to build, but we had it all done within an hour and a half,” Mr Shaw says.
“Mind you, we did make a few alterations to the kit set as it wasn’t quite up to our standards!”
“I hadn’t done anything like this before, and I’d do it over and over again if I had the chance,” Mr Shaw says.
“Seeing Regan’s face and hearing his screams of delight when he saw what we’d done made for a pretty special moment. Some of us old guys were a little jealous too — we wouldn’t have minded a playhouse like that when we were kids!”
Regan was last seen dragging his sleeping bag out to his new playhouse and begging his Mum to let him sleep in it.
Thanks again to Tauranga Registered Master Builders and Make-A-Wish Foundation for making Regan’s day. It’s one he (and everyone involved) won’t forget for a long time.