Crocheted yellow roses pay tribute to The Amanda Young Foundation


Helen O'Brien, Amanda Young Foundation education manager Deanna Howell, Linda Ritchie, Sue Brown and Karen Allister. Picture: Martin Kennealey        www.communitypix.com.au   d455925
Helen O'Brien, Amanda Young Foundation education manager Deanna Howell, Linda Ritchie, Sue Brown and Karen Allister. Picture: Martin Kennealey        www.communitypix.com.au d455925

EVERY Wednesday afternoon, volunteers gather at a home in Greenwood to crochet yellow roses.

Eventually, these flowers will form a wall to be displayed at Telethon.

The project is to honour the hard work of Barry and Lorraine Young and The Amanda Young Foundation – a charity dedicated to reducing deaths in WA from meningococcal disease.

The foundation was formed in 1998 after the death of 18-year-old Amanda Young from meningococcal septicaemia.

It provides education and awareness programs in schools and the community.

“Meningococcal disease is a serious bacterial disease that can kill within 24 hours if you do not receive urgent medical treatment,” foundation education manager Deanna Howell said.

“To continue this valuable free service, we must fundraise every year.”

The foundation runs community events including open gardens, fetes and concerts to help raise funds.

Ms Howell said the crocheted flowers were symbolic of the hundreds of yellow roses planted at Amanda’s Garden, which stretches one-and-a-half acres at the family home in Southern River.

It will be displayed at the foundation’s stand at Telethon and at its annual open garden.

Group member Linda Ritchie said the crocheting project was also a fundraiser.

“I enjoy crafts and I loved the idea of creating a flower wall to help publicise the great work of the Amanda Young Foundation,” she said.

“We always like a new challenge in our craft group so we all set to work making as many roses as we could.

“It is very satisfying to be able to help create something that will be beautiful and have a message as well.”

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