Volunteers needed to pick ‘mums for Mother’s Day

For over two decades, Endeavour Foundation volunteers have helped to deliver a blooming beautiful treat to mothers across Bundaberg, and this year will be no exception.

With an abundance of chrysanthemums ready to harvest in time for Mother’s Day, the local organisation has issued its annual call for support.

“This really is a labour of love for everyone involved. There’s inevitably a huge rush as we approach the big day, so we’re on the lookout for people who can come along and give their time and energy to a great cause,” said Bundaberg Site Manager, Robert Campbell.

“We will need lots of extra hands from 2 May onwards to work alongside people with a disability who will be busily picking blooms to treat mums across Bundaberg and Brisbane. The funds we raise will be used to partner with people with a disability to explore the possibilities within their own lives, whether that’s employment, community access, life skill development or independent living.”

Alfonso Tocco has given his time to Endeavour Foundation Bundaberg, helping to plant and harvest the Mother’s Day flowers, for over a decade.

“I volunteer at Endeavour because, as a parent, I like to help out and also just because I love doing it.

“I think if more people did it then they would get the same enjoyment that I do.”

Carefully controlled lighting is used to ensure the plants bloom just in time for 14 May, ensuring that much-loved mums can enjoy chrysanthemums at their absolute best.

“We’ll be very busy getting 6,000 bunches picked and ready for despatch,” Robert said, “but every year – through the hard work of our teams - we manage it and I’m hopeful that this year will be no different.

“It’s people like Alfonso – whose time and dedication are invaluable - who ensure the flowers are a success every year. It’s their generosity that makes Mother’s Day special for our wonderful mums.

“You don’t have to make a huge time commitment – anything you can offer, be it one hour or 10 days, will be very much appreciated.”

To volunteer your time, please contact Tanya McGrail on 07 41555701.

The chrysanthemum bunches are $10 and are for sale now at Endeavour Foundation’s Bundaberg office (7 Fitzgerald Street, Bundaberg).