The children from Childcare@Sue’s are growing lilies in the Children’s garden to raise funds for Oncology Youth based in Christchurch.
They are then harvesting them and creating beautiful bunches of flowers to sell for $10 a bunch. Sue said, “The children are learning and understanding that they can help others. This is something they will carry with them through life.”
Children are usually well taken care of in respect of support and activities whilst in treatment, but what do the older kids do? Electronic devices cannot be taken into hospital as it is a sterile environment, so the money raised by these gorgeous bunches of lilies is going towards laptops or devices that can be kept at hospital so they can be used for communication, education or enjoyment, offering a distraction whilst undergoing treatment.
It is a great cause and the children who visit the garden every day are learning a wonderful lesson: no matter what your age or how much or how little you do, you can participate in helping others. Whilst I was talking with Sue and the kids in the garden, Nico, the youngest chap of the group was running into all four corners of the garden to find and bring me different flowers to add to the gorgeous bunch already presented to me. I’m not sure who got more out of it, him or me but we both wore big smiles.
Julie Clements | Snowfed