By Neil Wilson - Sub Editor for the Bribie Islander

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The members of the Banksia Garden Club are dedicated to playing an active role within the local community and as such are often committing the funds that are made from plant sales to worthwhile causes whenever the opportunity presents itself. Over the last two months, the club has collected the takings from a craft stall and plant sales at their meetings and these funds will be donated to the drought relief appeal.

Featured Image(above): Joanne Allison-Chouw (R) of the Bribie Respite Centre
received a cheque for $500 from Banksia Garden Club
President Desley Horsfall

Another example of the club’s generosity was when, at the Garden Club’s November meeting, President Desley Horsfall handed over a cheque for $500 to Bribie Respite Centre Service Manager Joanne Allison-Chouw. The amount donated to the Respite Centre was the result of plant sales made when other garden clubs visited the local club. The Banksia Garden Club is a well-run organisation which has become popular with local green thumbs and club meetings are held on the first Wednesday of each month at the Bribie Island Community Arts Centre complex.

Anyone who would like further information on the club’s activities is welcome to either come along to a meeting or call Desley Horsfall on 3408 8470.

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