Macarthur blossoms for mental health fund raisier

More than $12,000 (profit) was raised for local mental health facilities during this year’s Waratah Day, held last Friday, October 10.

All 4000 Waratahs purchased for the event were sold — about four times more than last year’s event.

In 2013 the flowers were only sold from Campbelltown Hospital, however this year they were sold from six locations — Narellan Town Centre, Rosemeadow and Mount Annan Marketplaces, Macarthur Square, Campbelltown Mall and Campbelltown Hospital

Sandra McDonald of Beautiful Minds — an organisation that helped establish Campbelltown's mental health recovery centre Harmony House — said the money would be invested back into mental health services within the region including Birunji Youth Mental Health Unit and Harmony House.

‘‘Birunji has five outdoor areas with nothing in them,’’ she said.

‘‘We’ll do some gardens and purchase some exercise equipment — all the things that support recovery,’’ she said.

Mrs McDonald said while the money would be greatly utilised, awareness was the main aim of the fund raiser.

‘‘It’s not necessarily about profit it’s more about getting out there and talking to people and rasing awareness about mental health,’’ she said.

‘‘Mental Health Minister Jai Rowell came to Campbelltown Hospital and stayed for an hour and listened to our concerns.

‘‘Thank you Macarthur for strengthening the community and making it a healthier community by focusing on mental health.’’

Beautiful Minds founder Sandra McDonald (centre) with members Sharon Denovan (left) and Kerry Girardin, selling Waratahs at Campbelltown Hospital. Picture: Jonathan Ng.

Beautiful Minds founder Sandra McDonald (centre) with members Sharon Denovan (left) and Kerry Girardin, selling Waratahs at Campbelltown Hospital. Picture: Jonathan Ng.

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