Esperance Nyungar Aboriginal Corporation donates towards RFDS fundraiser

A partnership between Esperance Nyungar Aboriginal Corporation (ENAC) and Helms Gardens will see a boost in funds raised for the RFDS.

The corporation received $26,900 earlier in the year from police under the Crime Prevention Fund for its Pallet to Furniture project, which sees youth at risk engaged in woodwork.

ENAC has donated four chairs from the program to Helms Garden, with two remaining in the garden and two being auctioned at the garden's upcoming open day.

All funds raised on the day go towards the RFDS.

Pallet to Furniture project manager Kylie Ryan said the woodworking program began in early July and was about halfway through its funding..

The project has seen up to 16 youths engaged once a week and has received overwhelmingly positive feedback from participants.

"The participants have enjoyed socialising with other people and they've enjoyed learning new wood working skills and operating woodworking machinery," Mrs Ryan said.

"A lot of the people who engage haven't done woodworking before, we have a range of projects that they can give a go."

Furniture created during the program has ranged from breakfast tables, to chairs, to an entire outdoor setting created by one eager participant for his mum.

Mrs Ryan said the items created would go to a worthy cause or to a family in need.

"The participants were really happy to donate these chairs," she said.

"If people are aware of a worthy cause or a family in need we are happy to put them on a list of potential people. We would love to continue to contribute to the community."

The Helms Garden Open Day will be held Sunday, October 6 from 10am to 4.30pm at Lot 28 on Helms Drive in Pink Lake.

The event will include a sausage sizzle, a fashion parade by Secret Wishes from 1.30pm, the 'Garden of Knowledge' with informative talks on a variety of gardening topics and raffles.

To contact ENAC phone 9071 5823.