Endeavour to brighten mum’s day with a bunch of chrysanthemums

Mum’s the word at Endeavour Foundation’s Bundaberg Farm.

With Mother’s Day just one week away, more than 50 workers and volunteers are busy preparing the farm’s stunning chrysanthemums, for what is hoped to be the biggest day of the year for the site’s flower department.

For more than 20 years the farm has brought a smile to the mums of Bundaberg by growing chrysanthemums – the traditional Mother’s Day flower. And not only are customers making their mums happy, but through supporting the farm they are also putting a smile on the faces of people with a disability, with money raised from sales to provide opportunities for Endeavour clients.

One fan of the farm’s efforts is Geoffrey Atwell, a former customer and now manager of the site.

“The fact that the flowers are fresh, local and that they last so well makes them ideal, plus customers know they’re supporting people with a disability,” said Geoffrey, who joined Endeavour Foundation Industries Bundaberg this month.

Geoffrey said he hoped to sell more than 4,000 bunches this year, with the farm also sending flowers to Endeavour sites and select food stores in Rockhampton, Gladstone and regional Queensland. He said demand for the flowers was testament to their reasonable price – just $8 a bunch – and high quality, which he admired as a customer.

“I bought a bunch from here for my mum last year and they lasted two weeks. I’ll definitely be doing the same this year.”

Another regular customer is local MP Jack Dempsey, who picks up 1,000 chrysanthemums from the farm in the lead up to Mother’s Day each year, before handing them out to nursing home residents in Bundaberg.

“The flowers are not only a great quality product, but I buy from Endeavour because I want to support people with a disability,” Jack said.

“There is a large number of people in Bundaberg who have a disability and are Endeavour clients. They need our support.

“People know that Endeavour is here and the good job it does, but we need to not just talk about the good it does, and actually support the organisation.”

Endeavour offers several services to clients in Bundaberg, including accommodation, education, lifestyle and employment opportunities. Endeavour Foundation Industries Bundaberg alone, which includes the farm, employs 72 people with a disability.

Chrysanthemums will be on sale for $8 a bunch at the farm, 7 Fitzgerald Street, from Tuesday 4 May to Mother’s Day, Sunday 9 May.

For opening hours or more details, call the farm on (07) 4152 1570.