As the start date for the annual Amanda’s Garden Fete draws closer, Barry Young says his garden has never looked better – but he needs the community’s help with one aspect of the event.
Held over Saturday October 23 and Sunday October 24, the Fete aims to raise awareness around the impact of meningococcal, which claimed the life of Barry and his wife Lorraine’s daughter Amanda in 1997.
Entry is $5 and all proceeds go towards the Amanda Young Foundation
At this time of year, the Garden usually looks magnificent and this is certainly true this year, with Mr Young saying it is the best it has ever been.
“The weekend before last we had 50ml of rain, and to get that much in one hit is fantastic,” he said.
“It really freshens things up, because as we move into October conditions in WA dry out so much, it’s so nice to get late rainfall that keeps things fresh and there’s no eastern winds so the roses don’t get battered around, it’s ideal growing conditions.
“I genuinely think this is the best the garden has ever looked.”
Preparations for the fete are in full swing, with two busy bees held this week and extra volunteers coming in next week to set up tables and chairs for stall-holders.
However, Mr Young said there was one vital element he hadn’t been able to pin down for the fete.
“We really need a face-painter to come in for the kids,” he said.
“A lot of kids come with the parents and if you’ve got a face-painter, it creates a lot of fun for the kids but we haven’t been able to find one.
“If there is a face-painter out there willing to volunteer their time, we’d absolutely welcome it.”
Mr Young encouraged any face-painters to contact him on 9398 7275.