Pam Golding Properties 5th annual garden show in aid of East London’s charities

Launched in 2011 by Pam Golding Properties East London area principal, Hanlie Bassingthwaighte as an initiative to benefit local charities through donations from members of the public who visited and viewed the city’s most beautiful gardens, the event goes from strength to strength.

One of many fascinating features in this spectacular garden in East London, which will be on show during the Pam Golding Properties Gardens on Show event on 3 and 4 October 2015.

If previous years are anything to go by, this year’s garden show, to be held on the weekend of 3 and 4 October 2015 will be another popular, successful event on the calendar. “Last year the garden show raised R162 000, and we are hoping that we can improve on this event,” says Bassingthwaighte.
“The annual garden show has exceeded all our expectations during the past four years, with thousands of people supporting the event and so many charities benefitting from the funds that we have raised so far as well as the exposure that the weekend brings.  Over and above this, the event not only recognises beautiful gardens in our town, it also focuses attention on the potential every garden has to add value to a property while creating a serene and appealing backdrop to a home. An attractive and well-maintained garden often creates a first impression as one enters the property and can favourably impact on buyers when the owners wish to sell.
“We have again tried to include as many worthy local charities as possible and our agents have helped in identifying these. They include The Carel du Toit Centre, SPCA, East London Woman prisoners, The Compassionate Friends, Greensleeves Place of Safety for Children, Masithethe Lifeline, the Sophumelela centre, FACE Donkey Project, African Angels, Salem Baby Centre, Uthixo Ulungile Ministry, Alzheimers, CANSA, Berea Gardens Service Centre, Felzoo, Passion for people, Child welfare, Mclelland Adult Centre, Breath of Life, Child Welfare and Hilltop Animal Outreach.”

This beautiful, tranquil garden in East London will be on show during the Pam Golding Properties Gardens on Show 
All the charities are given a number of tickets to sell at R50 each, which they can sell in advance or on the weekend of the event. From these sales, they receive 100 percent of the money. With the consent of the garden owner, charities may also erect stalls or bring in extra entertainment.

Says Bassingthwaighte: “This year the Greensleeves Place of Safety for children is having pony rides and a play corner with a jumping castle, the Salem baby centre will be selling various home manufactured jewellery items and many gardens are offering tea gardens. “

One doesn’t need a huge expanse in order to create a beautiful garden. 
In addition to the garden show Pam Golding Properties runs a township garden competition for vegetable gardens. “This year’s winner is the Garden of Peace of Uthixo Ulungile Ministries, the brainchild of Irene Erasmus. This is situated at the Amalinda tips, where local dwellers grow a variety of vegetables and run a soup kitchen under the leadership of Joshua and Rachel Minter, where they feed 250 people. This garden also feeds approximately 30 pre-schoolers, taught by Zoliwsa Nkata. It is extremely worthwhile to take a trip to the Amalinda tips to view this garden and support this initiative.”

This year’s winning township vegetable garden - Uthixo Ulungile Ministries Garden of Peace at the Amalinda tips, where they run a crêche and feed 250 people with a soup kitchen supported by the food garden.
Another impressive garden is the school garden of the Ncedulutnu Reeston Support group, an independent community based non-profit organisation which plays an essential role in the local community. Zoliswa Schreiber is the headmistress. The area was an informal settlement congested with shacks with no infrastructure or schools, where people lived at risk from health hazards. With a high rate of employment and HIV/Aids infected people, there were no social services in place. The support group began by organising a mobile clinic which still visits the area occasionally, and today the group is involved in all facets of the community including community services, health, welfare, sport and recreation, service clubs, culture, children and youth, conservation and environment. Education programmes help children on the streets to return to school, while community members are educated on food gardening in order that they may help themselves.  Four hundred people are fed on a daily basis from the soup kitchen and food garden. To assist this group, contact Bridget Kroger at 083 428 7053.
For further information regarding the Pam Golding Properties Gardens on Show visit Pam Golding East London Facebook page or their offices at 34 Pearce Street, East London or in Main Road Gonubie

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