Thanks to an invite from Julie Howard, the club had a stall at the official opening of the Cathie Hub Garden held at Lake Cathie on Saturday morning. It was a real grass roots community event with plenty of local stalls of interest. The rain held off; the ground had firmed up & the sun came out; in other words the planets aligned for the day which was great as so much hard work had gone into organising it….not to mention all the work by volunteers to construct the community garden.
The star attraction of the day was the arrival of Costa Georgiadis, the host of the ABC’s popular show Gardening Australia. Costa is incredibly generous with his time, interest & enthusiasm; his ability to capture the interest & imagination of the children present was a delight to see as he led them, Peter Pan like, around the nearby parkland talking about the local trees and their importance to our environment. With his garden gnome hat & special ‘microclimate’ goggles, he had a captive audience.
Our stall attracted quite a few visitors and enquiries as well as a donation to our upcoming fundraiser for Camp Quality on May 15. Several people took flyers with them to put up at various locations.
It was great to see Colin & Marian, Bill Vassallo, Stan & Barbara, Roger Barlow & of course Julie Howard ( who was one of the organisers & a volunteer at the community garden) & Patsy, who came close to stealing the .limelight from Costa in her koala costume, raising awareness of & funds for the Koala Hospital. Uncle Bill delivered his beautiful Welcome to Country and Leslie Williams and Mayor Peta Pinson also spoke, focusing on the importance of community and community projects.