Blooming good fundraiser
Some of the loveliest gardens around can be found in Matamata so what better way to raise funds for the Child Cancer Society than a garden tour?
Five gardens in the district opened their doors to visitors on Saturday, some of which had not been opened for seven years and the Professionals’ Jane Aston said it was a stunning way to help a great cause.
‘‘We have supported Child Cancer for a number of years. Money goes towards holiday homes that assist with respite care for families.’’
The garden tour raised just over $700 but the team like to vary the way they raise money.
‘‘We try to do something different every year,’’ she said.
‘‘Past fundraisers have included sausage sizzle, haircuts, street collections and functions. But the garden tour was a way to promote the lovely things we have in Matamata,’’ Ms Aston said.
For $15, people were taken to venues by minivans, had the chance to win spot prizes at each garden thanks to generous Matamata business sponsorship and were given afternoon tea at the last garden on the tour.