Ultimate fun-raising event

Warren HatelyAugusta Margaret River Times
Sunflowers Animal Farm operator Steve Jones is teaming up with River Angels' Polly Smith and Lynda Donovan for two fundraising events.
Camera IconSunflowers Animal Farm operator Steve Jones is teaming up with River Angels' Polly Smith and Lynda Donovan for two fundraising events. Credit: Warren Hately

Residents have the chance to enjoy “a night in fairyland” at Sunflowers Animal Farm as a way to support local cancer charity River Angels.

On September 11 and 12, the Caves Road tourist favourite will open its doors — and fire up the tractor — to entertain guests keen to donate to the not-for-profit service which supports residents and families affected by cancer.

Operator Steve Jones said the two nights would offer participants “the ultimate Margaret River experience”.

“Since everything has been donated — thanks to local businesses — 100 per cent of proceeds will go to River Angels,” Mr Jones said. “Guests will be greeted with a glass of sparkling wine before boarding the farm trailer for a 10-minute tour out to the event site.

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“You will enjoy fabulous views of the rolling hills on the 316 acre sheep farm and see kangaroos and Merino sheep with their newborn lambs at foot.

“You will arrive at the special event area to enjoy fun lawn games and boat races with fabulous photo opportunities and a bit of a thrill on the giant swing.”

The events will also feature local musicians partnered with equally local wine and beer, produce, and there are prizes up for grabs.

River Angels’ Lynda Donovan said she was blown away by the support from businesses contributing to the fundraisers.

“I am continually overwhelmed with the response to requests we put out,” Ms Donovan told the Times.

“Businesses are really struggling at this point in time and yet they willingly express their compassion to give in whatever capacity they are able.

“River Angels wouldn’t be able to provide the services we do to our families if it weren’t for these empathetic businesses.”

Ms Donovan said the strength of community support was another reminder for residents to “shop local” — remembering local businesses were the backbones of grassroots community groups.

“I know how much the support means to the families and I can’t thank them enough,” she said.

The two events are limited to 80 patrons in total, at $80 per ticket.

Book via farmerjones@sunflowersfarm.com.

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