Bloom­ing good fundraiser

Matamata Chronicle - - Gardening -

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.

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