Buy a waratah to support Macarthur’s mental health units

Support needed: Beautiful Minds president Cheryl Paradella is urging locals to buy a flower on Waratah Day to  raise awareness and funds. Picture: Simon Bennett
Support needed: Beautiful Minds president Cheryl Paradella is urging locals to buy a flower on Waratah Day to raise awareness and funds. Picture: Simon Bennett

Waratahs are not only beautiful, they can also help to make a difference in people’s lives.

Beautiful Minds sell the iconic flowers each year to raise funds in support of Macarthur’s mental health inpatient facilities Gna Ka Lun, Warath and Birunji.

Waratah Day will be held on October 12.

Beautiful Minds president Cheryl Paradella said the event was originally going to be held on October 5 but drought conditions in Victoria had pushed it back to the new date.

“We get the waratahs from a Victorian grower but because of the terrible weather in Victoria we have had to postpone it to October 12,” she said.

“By selling the waratahs we raise funds to that can be put towards programs at local inpatient facilities.

“Whether it is music therapy or art therapy or to create zen gardens or basketball courts, the funds are used to help normalise their day and give the patients something to do.”

Waratah booths will be set up at Macarthur Square, Campbelltown Mall, Campbelltown Hospital, Minto Marketplace, Mount Annan Marketplace, Tahmoor Shopping Centre, Corbett Plaza Bowral, Ingleburn Woolworths, Camden Inspirations, Sarita’s and Narellan Town Centre.

The flowers can be purchased for $5 each.

“Come along, have a chat with us and find out more about what we do,” Ms Paradella said.

“There is no person that hasn’t been touched by mental illness.

“Days like this help to break down the stigma and support people who are living with mental illness.

“You wouldn’t know just by looking at someone what they are dealing with.

“The flowers bring joy, they are bright and colourful and they can help us to support the community.

“The most important thing is that all the funds raised on Waratah Day will be kept locally.”

Ms Paradella also thanked community members for their support throughout the year.

“Without your support we would not be able to do what we do,” she said. 

“Together, we care –  and we are so grateful for the community’s ongoing support.”