Wreath auction set to become a beautiful tradition
AN AUCTION of the beautiful hand made wreaths on display at Goldfields Plaza will take place Saturday morning at 10am.
Each of the 16 featured wreaths was crafted by volunteers from 16 different not for profit groups or community groups.
Donations can still be made to the various organisations by way of donation tins in place in front of the wreath display.
The Gympie Times spoke to three representatives of some of the charities featured to get their feedback on the concept.
Narelle Griffiths from Little Haven Palliative Care said one of their talented volunteers created the design for their wreath.
"I think it's a beautiful tradition," Ms Griffiths said.
Little Haven is a local organisation that needs to raise over $200,000 each year to continue to offer the medical, psychological and practical assistance it currently provides to people who are terminally ill and their families.
Senior Constable Deb Wruck was representing the Gympie Blue Light Disco Association and she thinks the innovative wreath auction fundraising idea is worth replicating each year.
"It's amazing," she said.
She also said a couple of the Gympie volunteers created their wreath for the auction.
The Gympie Blue Light Disco Association holds fun and safe dances for children up to 14 years once a month.
She said the majority of money raised from the wreath auction and donations would go towards purchasing prizes to give back to the children who attend their monthly events.
Helen Garrett from the Jake Garrett foundation said the charity needs all the help it can get, because it needs to raise more than $3000 per week to assist parents cover the cost of children's funerals.
She thinks the wreath auction is a brilliant idea and hopes it becomes an annual event.
"I think it's awesome. I would love it to happen every year," she said.
She said the wreath for the foundation was constructed by Jake's nana, who, according to Helen raced through the project in record time.
The wreath auction will be conducted on site at the Gympie Goldfields Plaza, starting at 10am.
In addition to Little Haven, Gympie Blue Light and the Jake Garrett Foundation, there will be wreaths available to bid on from Hope Reins, Cooinda Aged Care, Tin Can Bay Coast Guard, Meals on Wheels, Gympie Community Bus, Riding for the Disabled, Friends of the Art Gallery, Widgee Craft Group and organisations raising money for the Josefski and Daly Families and for Tracey Devereaux, among others.