THE Amanda Young Foundation will open Amanda’s Garden to the public to help fight meningococcal at its annual fete.
Held in Southern River on October 21 and 22 from 10am to 4.30pm, the fete fundraises to raise awareness and money for the fight against meningococcal.
Lorraine and Barry Young started the foundation when their daughter Amanda passed away from the disease when she was 18.
Mrs Young said people often forgot about meningococcal because it was uncommon, but it was on the rise once more.
“Late winter and early spring are the major periods, but it can happen anytime, anywhere,” she said.
The fete will give people the opportunity to walk around the gardens and buy flowers, artworks, cakes, Devonshire teas and jams.
There will also be a sausage sizzle, live music and a raffle featuring a Loadstar trailer.
All money from the fete will go towards educational material for children about meningococcal.
Entry is $5 for adults and free for children.
Meningococcal on the rise
Meningococcal cases have risen since 2013 and there have been 29 cases to date this year, compared to 23 last year.
There have been 14 seregroup W cases this year, which matched last year’s record, well above the long term average of less than one case per year.
The Department of Health reported on Wednesday three Western Australians, two young children and an elderly adult, had been diagnosed with meningococcal in the past week.