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Local community groups will have a new chance to get involved with one of the garden city’s favourite charities, with Endeavour Foundation growing chrysanthemums in Toowoomba.
General Manager of Commercial Operations, Andrew Donne, visited the garden city to see 2000 chrysanthemum bulbs being planted at Endeavour Foundation’s site in Ramsay St.
Mr Donne said community involvement would be crucial for success, and was an important reason to grow chrysanthemums locally.
“The bulbs we plant today will bloom in time for harvesting next autumn, to be sold in the lead-up to Mother’s Day 2012,” Mr Donne said.
“Growing and harvesting chrysanthemums is one of the many ways we have been able to involve the local community – and offer meaningful employment for people with a disability – in Bundaberg, and we are excited about bringing the project to Toowoomba,” he said.
“Any profits we make will help us to provide services and support for more than 3,350 people with a disability throughout Queensland and in Sydney.
“This is the first year chrysanthemums will be planted at the Toowoomba site following years of successful harvests in Bundaberg.
“We rely on innovative commercial enterprises like the chrysanthemum harvest to continue our services, but there will also be a unique chance for schools and community groups to work alongside people with a disability at harvest time next year,” Mr Donne said.
For many years, Endeavour Foundation has enjoyed wonderful support from generous private donors and businesses in the Darling Downs region.
Mr Donne hopes some local businesses will also consider allowing staff to volunteer a day to join the harvest, providing them the opportunity to “walk a mile in the shoes of someone with a disability”.
More than 40 percent of Endeavour Foundation funding comes from private donors, supporters and businesses.
Endeavour Foundation is also one of the nation’s largest employers of people with a disability.
Supported employees in Toowoomba will also learn how to plant and nurture the crop.
“It’s definitely a large community event in Bundaberg, and we want to develop the same level of involvement here in Toowoomba,” Mr Donne said.
For more information on volunteering for the chrysanthemum harvest call Endeavour Foundation on 3908 7257 or visit www.endeavour.com.au
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