November 12, 2020
Like many of us, Ashley W. (Year 10) has spent much of her spare time over the last months walking her dog in local parks. On those walks, she noticed many Seniors from nearby aged care homes also taking in the fresh air.

“I would normally see seniors walking either by themselves or sitting at park benches seeming quite lonely,” says Ash. “I found myself starting to get to know them a bit more and having a chat with a few of them, however, I wanted to do something more to brighten up their days.”

An overflowing succulent garden at home gave Ashley a brilliant idea; she wanted to challenge herself to propagate, repot and gift 100 succulents to these Seniors to put a smile on the familiar faces she saw everyday.

She hatched the plan, named the project ‘Succulents4Seniors’ and enlisted the help of her sister Amber (Year 7) to deliver the pot plants, and dad Andrew to help propagate. That’s when one small detail threatened to derail her plans.

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“I didn’t have 100 plant pots and did not have the finances to spend $1500 on plant pots, so I turned to the next best option. I wrote to the Bunnings CEO Michael Schneider for support on my project and to help me make this vision a reality,” says Ash.

Bunnings generously donated the 100 plant pots Ash needed to fulfill her mission, so Ash and her family got to work. They repotted 100 succulent trimmings and included a handwritten note for each pot.

“After starting to deliver my pot plants, I soon saw how much of an impact this would have on the older citizens of my community, and how much this truly meant to them; it was quite heart-warming!

“Through S4S, I found out from S4S that even though something may be a small gesture, it’ll have a ripple effect throughout the community and beyond.”
 

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