It wouldn’t be Mother’s Day in Bundaberg without a bunch of home-grown Endeavour Foundation flowers, and with a bumper crop on the way volunteers will be needed more than ever to ensure success of the harvest.
Endeavour Foundation is putting the call out for volunteers to register their interest to help pick and bunch colourful chrysanthemums, as the organisation’s Bundaberg farm anticipates a bumper crop.
Each year the employees at the disability social enterprise plant cultivate more than 7,000 chrysanthemum plants, which when in bloom produce more than 70,000 flowers for the mums and caregivers of Bundaberg.
Production Manager Mark Elliott said it would be all hands-on deck from about the end of April right up until Mother’s Day itself.
“Our Mother’s Day harvest has been going for more than 30 years,” said Mr Elliott.
“It’s become an annual tradition for many Bundaberg locals to pick up a bunch for their mums, and the other caregivers in their lives each year.
“But there’s no way we can achieve this without the incredible support of community volunteers, who we think are bloomin’ marvellous!
“Volunteering in our harvest is a great way for locals to show their support for people with disability, while helping make mum’s day,” he said.
“The best thing is you can volunteer on your own terms.
“We have people who volunteer for two whole weeks, on Mother’s Day itself, or for a few hours here and there as and when they can – it all helps.”
Trish Shemlowski is the parent of one of Endeavour Foundation’s employees and has been volunteering on the flower harvest for six years while also serving on the organisation’s Wide Bay Area Committee.
“A bunch of Endeavour Foundation flowers is just expected on Mother’s Day these days – I expect to get my bunch from my son!” she said.
“They’re beautiful flowers every year. It’s one of those things that the Bundy community gets behind.
“Volunteering gives you the good feeling of helping the guys out at the farm and the money raised goes to great causes.
“I’d say give it a go, even if it’s just for a couple of hours to see what it’s all about.”
To give your time, and volunteer to pick Endeavour Foundation flowers phone 4155 5701 or email email@example.com.