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Canberra Day Fundraiser to help local charity

Cockington Green - March 1, 2021

Cockington Green Gardens’ annual Canberra Day fundraiser is returning on Monday, March 8 after being forced into hibernation last year due to the bush fires and the onset of Coronavirus-COVID19.

This year’s fundraiser will involve $5 from every entry fee being being handed over to local charity Raw Potential Canberra. Those funds will go via the Hands Across Canberra Giving Day Appeal which has a target of $500,000 to assist local charities as they deal with the turmoil of the past year in addition to dealing with their normal programs.

As well as the $5 from each admission, train rides will be a gold coin donation with that money also supporting Raw Potential Canberra. Hands Across Canberra will be matching the first $5,000 raised by charities as part of their Giving Day Appeal.

With so much need out there following the arrival of COVID19, fundraising activity has been extended to inviting visitors on Canberra Day to bring along non-perishable food items. This food will then be provided to Canberra City Care whose programs are designed to help needy families in our community.

Cockington Green Gardens Director, Mark Sarah said, “Our commitment to supporting the disadvantaged and less well-off in our community has been part of our business model since first opening more than 40 years ago.”

“Since Dollars for Dili we have contributed around $40,000 to local charities from our Canberra Day activities alone supporting such organisations as Pegasus, Rise Up, Youth Care Canberra, Canberra City Care and Ronald McDonald House.   Despite the difficulties our business has experienced over the past year from bush fires, smoke and Coronavirus-COVID19, we are pleased to do what we can to support Hands Across Canberra’s appeal this year which is doing so much to help people in our community who need lots of support,” added Mr. Sarah.

Both Raw Potential Canberra and Canberra City Care will be on site on Monday, 8th March to talk about their work in the community.

For more information on the Canberra Day fundraiser, contact either Amanda Somerville or Debbie Sarah on 02 6230 2273.