Garden grows and raises $5500 for ERH cancer and wellness centre

By Charmayne Allison

MORE than $5500 was raised for Echuca Regional Health's cancer and wellness centre at a recent open garden and wellness day.

Echuca's Glenda Castles opened her tranquil garden to the public on October 20, with more than 250 people attending to enjoy a spread of free wellness activities.

Glenda said the day was a runaway success.

“We had spoken about doing an event like this for some time,” she said.

“To finally see it come to fruition and the support shown by the community and those involved was just wonderful.”

The day was held in memory of Glenda’s two close friends who both passed away from breast cancer.

It was also a chance for the community to come together and pay tribute to friends and family who had been touched by cancer.

The day's activities including guided walks through the gardens, games, yoga and tai chi, with live music provided by Braden Pullen.

“I have such an interest in health and wellness and having done a retreat not so long ago, it motivated me to bring a similar concept to the open day,” Glenda said.

“We were very pleased with the turn out and would like to thank everyone for their support of the event.”

Glenda was blown away by the generosity of those who came and said all funds raised would go to a worthwhile cause.

“Having very close friends going through their own battles, it is going to be great to see a dedicated space for all treatment and overall wellness programs for cancer patients within our community,” she said.

“We are delighted to be able to contribute in some way.”

ERH nurse unit manager Lyn Jeffreson said the donation was another step towards a state-of-the-art cancer care facility.

“We greatly appreciate these funds from Glenda and her Open Garden Wellness Day,” she said.

“The centre will enable us to holistically meet the needs of our community.”