21 years ago Elise Blyth was born at the West Gippsland Hospital and her grandparents John and Robin Blyth couldn’t have been happier.
It was at this time that the local daffodil growing family came up with the idea of supporting their local hospital by donating some bags of daffodil bulbs to help raise much needed funds.
Fast track to 2016 and Elise is in the final year of a Nursing/Midwifery course at Monash University. She has expressed a desire that one day she may be able to work at her local hospital in Warragul.
The head of the Blyth family John, is very proud and passionate about the success that the daffodil fundraiser has achieved over the past 21 years. “Who would have thought that such a small idea when Elise was born all those years ago, that by donating a few bags of bulbs to the hospital could raise over $18,000 annually and still be happening over two decades later”.
“This fundraising program is so well supported by local traders in Warragul, Longwarry, Bunyip, Yarragon and Drouin. We have them to thank as well as the residents within our community who buy the bulbs each year for the continued success of this program”.
The Blyth family generously donate over 50,000 daffodil bulbs to the West Gippsland Hospital and funds raised are used to purchase new equipment and resources for Allied Health Services such as; physiotherapy, occupational therapy, the community rehabilitation centre, dietetics, social work and diabetes education.
Each year staff and community volunteers also sell the bulbs at Farmworld. Equipment purchased from last year’s proceeds included juvenile diabetes cookbooks, bariatric walking frames, balance mats, hydro-therapy equipment, pressure care cushions, paediatric wheelchairs, dietetic staff development and a re-vamp of the outdoor mobility garden.