BY her own estimate, Donna Daly only spends a couple of hours in the garden each week.
But multiply that over six years and you end up with an impressive result.
About 400 people arrived at her Crossley front gate yesterday for the garden fund-raiser with a lot of heart and meaning.
Last year Donna and her three sisters were given the news that their mother, Josie Kelly, would need to undergo chemotherapy.
Sitting in the oncologist’s office, they were told hair loss was almost certain but that Warrnambool had a wig bank to give cancer sufferers a sense of normality.
Just two volunteers keep the service running, which Donna describes as essential to give cancer patients the confidence to walk out the front door.
While machines and medicine always get plenty of attention, something simple but important like a wig does not.
“They don’t get any funding. It all relies on donations,” Mrs Daly said.
“They only had eight (wigs) when we were there.”
Wig prices range from $100 to $500, depending on the style. But quality is the biggest factor.
“Cheap wigs are susceptible to heat,” Mrs Daly said.
There are stories of people removing food from the oven, only to smell the singed fibres.
The sisters have also spent time selling raffle tickets in pubs across Port Fairy, Koroit and Warrnambool, enough to know that the generosity flows best at 6.30pm.
“From all of that we’ve raised $2080,” she said.
Yesterday’s fund-raising efforts centred on the chance to inspire new gardeners, with donated plants from Pearson’s nursery raffled off for funds. It lifted the total to $7632.
Donna’s sister and co-organiser Liz Noonan said she was stunned by the community’s support.
“It’s gone beyond what we ever imagined,” she said.