Pirie pensioner creates her own Magic Cave

Port Pirie has its own Magic Cave, thanks to a big-hearted pensioner.

Kathlyn Wakefield has raised money from the sales of metal rose sculptures in the past three years to finance her $9000 dream.

At her house in Hackett Street, every child who visits Father Christmas in the light-festooned cave receives a gift.

Mrs Wakefield, an invalid pensioner, said she loves the expressions on children's faces and this makes the effort all worthwhile.

She has six of her own children and three foster children as well as "a lot" of grandchildren - "I cannot remember how many".

So far this festive season, she has hosted 70 children in her twinkling shrine to Christmas in her front yard.

"I love it after a child walks up and smiles - that is all that matters," she said.

"It is about giving - a gift of love from the heart." Her ex-truckie husband David and one of her sons Kieran helped put up the display including nativity scenes.

Toys and teddies were strewn around and children are given lollies, lollipops and festive-season pens.

"My children dress up as elves," she said.

"Three people from Port Pirie donated second-hand toys.

"The second-hand shop at Gladstone also provided some toys.

"I would greatly appreciate it if others could help to keep the presents coming until Christmas Eve.

"Every child who comes to the Magic Cave gets a gift.

"If they want to get a photo, get their camera out and snap away because Santa is a happy little chappy."

Mrs Wakefield is originally from Laura, but lived around the state including at Munno Para and on farms.

Her metal rose sculptures have been sold to feature on piano tops, at weddings and graves and on table-tops.

Her roses are in the information centre at Laura and are sold at markets in Whyalla, Port Germein. Saddleworth, Mundoora and Sevenhill. Mrs Wakefield works at Reflections at Crystal Brook, but the cave is her prized achievement.

"I give to everyone - even not at Christmas," she said.

"Sometimes my heart gets hurt badly by people ... so ho, ho, ho come to see Santa and be happy."

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