PLANT AID BORN OF TRAGEDY

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - JANE AR­MIT­STEAD

WHEN Amanda Mor­ris’ friend suf­fered the tragedy of a still­birth she was never go­ing to sit idle through their grief and in­stead, got cre­ative for a cause.

The Townsville woman is mak­ing and selling dec­o­ra­tive plants at the Rene­gade Hand­made Mar­kets to raise money and aware­ness for the Still­birth Foun­da­tion.

She of­fi­cially launched the pro­ject, Kokedamas for Noah, at the week­end’s mar­ket and will sell more at the Au­gust 8 mar­kets with all money made go­ing to­wards the char­ity.

Ms Mor­ris’ friends, based in NSW, were ex­pect­ing their first child when they ex­pe­ri­enced a still­birth on Septem­ber 22 last year.

In hon­our of the baby they never got to meet, named Noah, friends, fam­ily and strangers ral­lied across the coun­try and Ms Mor­ris, a men­tal health nurse, reached out to North Queens­lan­ders to help.

The plants are Ja­panese hang­ing plants known as kokedamas and range in styles from in­door or out­door plants and herbs.

Plants range from $ 22-$ 35 and will be avail­able at the next Rene­gade Hand­made Mar­ket on Au­gust 8 at the Aitken­vale Pri­mary School.

Pic­ture: WES­LEY MONTS

CRE­ATIVE: Amanda Mor­ris raises money for the Still­birth Foun­da­tion at Rene­gade Hand­made Mar­kets.

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