Because the event proved to be popular, it will be repeated on 8 November. There were great bargains to be had, from a camera tripod at R50 to vases and crockery, as well as a bicycle for R300. People were seen grinning, walking off with vacuum cleaners and all sorts of second-hand items.
GRBG Trust members and staff have embarked on a fundraising drive that includes getting more Georgians to join up as members at R60 per person and R80 per couple. From 27 May to 2 June 30 people joined up, bringing the total to 470. The drive is to ensure that the garden survives financially. It currently has a shortfall in running costs, which some months runs over R25 000.
Describing Satuday's event as a 'success', Kristen Hoek, the administrative officer, said, "The garden raised R2 505 from the stall rental fees. And another R2 760 from the sales of the GRBG's own stall - we sold all the donated items from various individuals. We were very fortunate with the lovely weather. A big thank you to the parkrunners as well, as they were very supportive."
Companies and individuals can also donate money towards the GRBG's running costs. The banking details are as follows:
Garden Route Botanical Garden Trust (Current Account), Standard Bank George, account no 281 859 183, branch no 050 214.
The master plan for the development of the garden will be presented by Hannes Stander, landscape architect, on Monday 23 June at 17:00 for 17:30 at the Sayers Hall, George Museum, Caledon Street, George.
This meeting will be followed by the annual general meeting of the GRBG Trust. Members of the public are welcome to attend.