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Mother’s Day wouldn’t be Mother’s Day without a bunch of flowers, particularly chrysanthemums, which is why Endeavour Foundation Industries Bundaberg needs volunteers – and lots of them.
The Endeavour farm has grown and delivered chrysanthemums for more than two decades, ensuring that the Bundaberg kids say it with flowers to their mums when it matters most.
This year, though, the flowers are at a premium following the devastating floods and, after planting 6,000 seedlings last November, a quarter has been lost and the crop is expected to total around 4,500 in time for Mother’s Day.
For this reason, the team at Endeavour cannot afford to lose any more flowers, and hundreds of volunteers are needed to ensure full harvesting.
Geoffrey Atwell, the Manager of Endeavour Foundation Industries Bundaberg, says it’ll be all hands to the pump in a few weeks’ time.
“This is extremely important to Endeavour and the 72 people with a disability who are trained and employed here at the Endeavour Foundation Industries in Bundaberg, but it’s also important throughout the Endeavour family as the chrysanthemums raise funds for all,” says Mr Atwell.
“Without the volunteers, we’d be in trouble. We need them in their droves. We don’t want to lose any more flowers.
“Picking the chrysanthemums is one of the great Bundaberg traditions, so we’re hoping that it will continue and be even bigger and better this year.”
The loss in revenue of those plants hit by the floods is estimated to be around $10,000.
Ironically, it’s happened at a time when the Endeavour Foundation farm is pushing its sales boundaries.
“We’re aiming to sell bunches in Brisbane, Gympie, and Kingaroy to the south, and Gladstone and Rockhampton to the north,” say Mr Atwell.
"We’ve been hit really hard by the rains but we still hope to make a success of it.”
Endeavour Foundation Industries Bundaberg, which includes the farm, provides training and employment opportunities to 72 people with a disability. In addition to growing Chrysanthemums, supported employees grow and package vegetables in the service’s accredited clean room, manufacture trophies and collate mail for customers.
The proceeds from Endeavour Foundation’s sales help the organisation support more than 3,350 people with a disability throughout Queensland and Sydney.
Endeavour Foundation is celebrating its 60th anniversary throughout 2011. The Bundaberg chrysanthemums are part of that celebration.
Note: Chrysanthemums will be on sale for $9.95 a bunch at the farm, 7 Fitzgerald Street, from Tuesday 3 May to Mother’s Day, Sunday 8 May. For opening hours or more details, call the farm on 4152 1570.
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