Waratah Day blooms again

Flowers for a cause: Waratah Day supports Campbelltown Hospital's Waratah House. Patricia Alvaro and Sharon Denovan of Beautiful Minds will help to sell the flowers. Picture: Anna Warr
Flowers for a cause: Waratah Day supports Campbelltown Hospital's Waratah House. Patricia Alvaro and Sharon Denovan of Beautiful Minds will help to sell the flowers. Picture: Anna Warr

The Waratah flower’s nectar was once used as a remedy for depression.

The humble flower is still helping people suffering from mental illness thanks to the team from Beautiful Minds.

On Friday, October 7 the organisation will host Waratah Day in support of Campbelltown Hospital’s Waratah House.

People can purchase a waratah flower for $5 at Macarthur Square, Campbelltown Mall, Campbelltown Hospital, Minto Marketplace,  Mount Annan Marketplace, Bowral Corbett Plaza, Narellan Town Centre, Ingleburn Town Centre and in Camden, Tahmoor or Mittagong to help raise funds.

Founder Sandra McDonald said the funds raised would help provide new equipment for Waratah House.

“The money will help to buy art supplies, garden equipment and headphones for residents,” she said.

“Basically anything that will help to support their recovery.”

A mental health professional will be stationed at each of the fundraising stalls so people can ask questions or seek advice.

Beautiful Minds supports many mental health initiatives, but Ms McDonald said the Waratah Day fundraiser was particularly special.

“Waratahs only flower for about six weeks of the year, so it is a very unique flower,” she said.

“They’re a beautiful flower too, just like all of the people at Waratah House.”

Waratah House was established around 20 years ago and Ms McDonald said Beautiful Minds had always supported the organisation.

“We support mental health services across Macarthur,” she said.

“We are a not for profit organisation, so all of the money that we raise goes directly back into the community.

“By supporting Beautiful Minds, you are supporting people in our community with a mental illness.”

Details: beautifulminds.net.au.