Businesses dig infor garden appeal



MURWILLUMBAH businesses have thrown their weight behind a local woman's plans to open her gardens to the public to raise funds for victims of the Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami disaster.

Some are donating food for the event which has expanded from morning and afternoon teas to encompass a major fundraising barbecue, while others have donated goods to be raffled.

Last week, keen gardener Julie Hitchens was so touched by the needs of the disaster survivors she decided to open her gardens on her Kyogle Road property at Byangum to the public for the first time this Saturday and Sunday to raise funds.

Uki Red Cross members promised to help serve morning and afternoon teas.

But yesterday Mrs Hitchens said the event had grown with the generosity of many Murwillumbah district businesses and would now include a barbecue lunch from 11am to 3pm on both days.

She said Bakers Delight had offered "all the bread we need" and the Austral Cafe other food.

She had contacted many business and most had donated products to be raffled, while "other businesses just popped up and offered things".

Mrs Hitchens said the open garden day would now include various raffles and a mini-cent auction where people could buy tickets in a range of prizes.

She plans to open her gardens at 691 Kyogle Road, about a kilometre west of the Byangum bridge from 9am to 4pm both days.



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