Buy a flower, make a difference

Support the cause: Beautiful Minds founder Sandra McDonald is encouraging everyone to buy a waratah to support Gna Ka Lun mental health unit. Picture: Anna Warr

Support the cause: Beautiful Minds founder Sandra McDonald is encouraging everyone to buy a waratah to support Gna Ka Lun mental health unit. Picture: Anna Warr

Buying a flower this month could help brighten the lives of mentally ill adolescents.

Beautiful Minds – Macarthur’s mental health support charity – is celebrating Waratah Day on October 20 this year.

The charity’s founder – Long Point’s Sandra McDonald – said the day was a great chance to take home something pretty for a good cause.

“Waratah allows you to buy something beautiful and end up benefiting mental health efforts in the region,” she said.

“Waratahs have a long association with mental illness and people used the essence from the flowers to treat depression in years gone by.”

Beautiful Minds volunteers will be selling fresh waratahs from a selection of locations across Macarthur for $5 each.

Waratah booths will be set up at Macarthur Square, Campbelltown Mall, Minto Marketplace, Mount Annan Marketplace, Tahmoor Shopping Centre, Camden Inspirations and Campbelltown Hospital.

State emblem: The Waratah is NSW's official flower.

State emblem: The Waratah is NSW's official flower.

“Spending $5 on a waratah can really make a difference to somebody’s life,” Mrs McDonald said.

All funds raised will go towards Beautiful Minds’ mental health projects.

The organisation’s prime focus at this stage is reinvigorating the region’s only acute adolescent mental health unit, Gna Ka Lun.

The neighbouring youth mental health unit, Birunji, was recently revamped thanks to past Beautiful Minds fundraising efforts.

Mrs McDonald said she hoped to achieve a similar result for Gna Ka Lun.

“At the moment the kids there don’t have anything to do all day, they’ve just got blank walls and a few chairs,” she said.

“They need colour and activity and brightness.

“Every little bit makes a difference.”

Beautiful Minds will have a stock of 3000 waratahs to sell on the day.

Fresh look: Mrs McDonald is hoping Gna Ka Lun can get an update like its neighbouring unit, Birunji, recently underwent.

Fresh look: Mrs McDonald is hoping Gna Ka Lun can get an update like its neighbouring unit, Birunji, recently underwent.

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