Enjoy Amanda’s legacy
d460401 There have been 13 cases of meningococcal infection notifications in WA so far this year. There have been two deaths in the past two years – September 2016 and October 2015. Meningococcal disease can be a severe infection, but most people make a full recovery. Some of the symptoms include fever, vomiting or difficulty feeding, rapid breathing or panting and lethargy (extreme tiredness) or difficult to wake. PEOPLE will be able to sit and relax and enjoy the roses at Amanda’s Garden Fete.
The Amanda Young Foundation will hold its annual fundraiser for meningococcal awareness at the corner of Margaret and Matison streets in Southern River from 10am to 4.30pm on October 22 and 23.
A collection of David Austen’s tea and climbing roses adorning the numerous arches will provide a colourful display at the event.
There will be water features with a Monet bridge, Louisiana iris and a large variety of plants, trees and shrubs.
Guests will also be able to enjoy the art displays, plants, cake, jam and fresh honey sales and music provided on Sunday by the Gosnells Men’s Shed.
The foundation was inaugurated in 1998 following 18-year-old Amanda’s sudden death from meningococcal septicaemia after an Australian universities regatta in Penrith NSW.
The aims of the foundation are to create awareness of the swift and lethal nature of the disease, support survivors, fund relevant local research projects at UWA and encourage youth leadership. Entry is $5 and children are free. Go to www.amandayoungfoundation.org.au for more.
Barry Young with his daughter Amanda's horse Beau. The horse is 38 years old and Barry and his wife Lorraine got Beau for Amanda when she was born in 1979, keeping Beau after Amanda died in 1997. SOME FACTS ON MENINGOCOCCAL INFECTION