Endeavour Foundation volunteers and employees are out in the fields in Bundaberg, picking thousands of flowers today.
The foundation’s annual fundraiser is underway this week and the harvest will see 70,000 chrysanthemums collected.
The flowers will be shipped up and down the Queensland coast to Cairns, Gladstone, Gympie, Mackay, Maroochydore, Rockhampton and Townsville in time for Mother’s Day.
The Endeavour Foundation provides employment for people with disabilities.
Manager, Robert Campbell, says flowers need to be put into 7000 bunches between now and mum’s big day.
“Our employees work extremely hard to make sure the mums and caregivers of Bundaberg can receive a gorgeous bunch of Endeavour Foundation flowers each year, but we simply can’t do it without the support of the community,” Mr Campbell says.
“We need volunteers to do three different jobs: pick flowers in the field, strip leaves from them, and put them into beautiful bunches.
“We’ve got a huge job on our hands between now and the 14th of May, but as they say, ‘many hands make light work’ so please give us a call and lend your hand today.”
Volunteers can choose the hours they want to help and elect to work individually, in a group, or with friends, family, or work groups.
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and training is provided.