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Charity Vegetable Garden in Sydney, Australia
One-Sentence Description of CSG Project:
installation of an irrigation system in an organic vegetable garden located in
the Sydney suburb of Bronte where volunteers from the not-for-profit
organization, The Valerio Daniel de Simoni Association Incorporated, tend so
that the crops can be donated throughout the year to people in need in the
Location of CSG Project: Bronte Park, Bronte, NSW Australia
Garden was established a couple of years ago by the Valerio Daniel de Simoni
Association Incorporated, and looked after by a small group of volunteers who
tend to the garden weekly. It is fully
Photo of the gardens:
Note the green hose in the photo above – that was the old
When the crops
are ready, they are delivered to people in need in the local community –
specially via three charitable organizations:
WAGEC (Women and Girls Emergency Centre), a refuge for women at Potts
Point; Red Cross Young Parents Program –
supporting young mothers in need and
their babies located at Randwick;
and St Canice’s Homeless Kitchen located at Kings Cross.
from these people have been very positive, many of whom do not normally have
access to such fresh vegetables and have a poor diet.
was to install an irrigation system to facilitate and improve growth of the
produce / vegetables which are donated to the charities noted above. Prior to the installation there was no proper
irrigation system, but an ineffective hose that did not water the vegetables in
all areas. Hence the vegetables were not
thriving to their optimum.
The CSG Grant
Recipient has been directly involved in the project as a volunteer working on
the organic vegetable garden, assisting with planting, weeding, fertilizing and
delivery of the produce to the benefiting charities.
HOW THE GRANT WAS USED
The $500 US grant was used to purchase the
component parts for the irrigation system. They were purchased from a major
hardware store ‘Bunnings’. A friend had
an understanding of horticulture and he led the project in calculating the
component parts to purchase. The Club
Member together with the Garden Co-ordinator and the Horticulture friend
purchased the parts. A date was set for
the installation of the irrigation system. A number of volunteers assisted. After a full day’s work in the sun, the
project was completed.
Photos of the
One Member Volunteering:
ACKNOWLEDGEMENT AND THANK YOU TO ROTARY ECLUB ONE
acknowledging Rotary eClub One’s support in this project has been erected on
the site. A formal acknowledgement was
included in the end of year newsletter of the organization, which goes to its
members and to the public, as well as to its sister association of the same
name in Rome, Italy, and noted in the minutes of the organizations AGM, attended
by the eClub One Member.
One of the
volunteers who regularly delivers the fresh vegetables to the Women and Girls
Emergency Centre had this to say about the sort of response she receives:
“As I bring the vegetables into the foyer I often get the comment: Oh
don't they smell and look so fresh. Also each time I take them the women
say: We really appreciate you bringing
these to us and please thank all those who do the work. One Red Cross worker said - it is really good
for the girls to see veggies with dirt on them to realize not all things are
packaged and from cold storage.”
from the Red Cross Young Parents Program:
find attached photos of a meal our young mothers prepared using your
Association’s beautiful herbs and vegetables. On behalf of YPP please
pass on our appreciation to your members.
Team Leader - Young Parents Program ?
Notes from the December Newsletter from President Vittoria:
Food for disadvantaged, under the
generous coordination of Marisa Minelle-Katis, cares for the abundant Bronte
organic vegetable garden in memory of Valerio. The garden produce goes toward
feeding: women in the emergency centre at WAGEC in Potts Point and Young
Parents at the Support Organisation run by the Red Cross in Randwick.
the garden underwent two important changes: 10 raised wooden boxes were built under the design and direction
of Elio Loccisano and were paid for by donations; a new more
efficient watering system was put in place thanks to the Rotary eClub One $500 US donation
and thanks to the horticulturalist Giles Cole who designed and installed the
system free of charge.
also to all the volunteers who helped both with the building of the wooden beds
and the watering system. Many thanks to Marisa and the dedicated members
for the daily care of the garden!
ROTARY SIGN IN THE GARDEN:
would like to thank Rotary eClub One for the generous grant which has helped
this small charity organization purchase and install the new irrigation
system. Without eClub One’s support,
this would not have been possible.
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