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Wednesday, 14 November 2001

Fairy Garden wins another award

Fairy Sparkle has again cast a magic spell on the Sydney Children's Hospital, Randwick with the Fairy Garden receiving the Randwick Council's Community Gardening Award for 2001.

The award was given in recognition of the hard work that Fairy and her dedicated band of volunteers have done over the past couple of years to create and maintain the Fairy Garden. Forty-five entries were received and judged by an independent panel of judges in accordance with the rules and standards set by the Horticultural Society of NSW.

The Mayor of Randwick, Cr Dominic Sullivan congratulated Fairy and acknowledged the unique qualities of the Fairy Garden, providing a haven for patients and families.

The Fairy Garden was the first of its kind in Australia and provides a special place for children wanting to escape the realities of life in hospital. It allows children who are faced with daily tests and treatments the opportunity to forget their troubles in the surrounds of a magical oasis.

The Fairy Garden features child-friendly plants, flowers and sitting areas and provides a great view for the Outpatients wing.

'The Fairy Garden has been a labour of love', Fairy Sparkle said.

Fairy Sparkle has spent the last ten years visiting children at the Sydney Children's Hospital, Randwick and opened the first Fairy Garden in September 1999.

'The fantastic response I have received has inspired me to continue to create an even better garden, giving the kids and their families a little something to brighten their day', Fairy Sparkle said.

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Catharina Boer, Public Affairs Manager Tel: 9382 3571 - Mob: 0411 730 842

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