Rosella Park School P&C; president Lisa Lowe says last year’s Botanic to Bridge raised valuable funds for the school’s new sensory garden.
Rosella Park School P&C; president Lisa Lowe says last year’s Botanic to Bridge raised valuable funds for the school’s new sensory garden. David Sparkes

Kids depend on B2B fundraiser

IT IS more than just a run. It is a day to bring an entire community together.

Nobody appreciates the value of Botanic to Bridge more than Lisa Lowe, president of Rosella Park School P&C.

She said the event "makes our community a better place to live".

"I think it gives the (Gladstone Ports Corporation) a chance to give back to the community in such a healthy and positive way," she said.

"It's not just about fitness.

"It brings everybody together as a community."

Now she is worried the event is destined to be axed.

For Ms Lowe and the Rosella Park School P&C, the Botanic to Bridge has already proved a God-send.

For five years the committee has been working to raise $80,000 to fund a "sensory garden".

The garden was especially designed to boost education for kids with special needs.

Last year's Botanic to bridge raised $25,000 for the cause.

"That saved us from a lot of years of sausage sizzles and pie drives," Ms Lowe said.

With help from Botanic to Bridge, the committee was able to raise all the cash, and the sensory garden is nearly completed.

She said the kids are getting excited as they watch the progress.

"We rely on the community to fundraise (for projects like this)," she said.

Whispers that Botanic to Bridge will be abolished due to government pressure to cut costs are a worry for Ms Lowe.

"I feel disappointed that they wouldn't take the time to come in this community to see the benefits," she said.

"(Botanic to Bridge) is a bridge from industry to the community."



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