Bunbury seniors channel sweet tooth in drug charity fundraiser

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Ailish DelaneySouth Western Times
Ingenia Gardens resident Eric Waddington with Alison Ellem, from Doors Wide Open, resident Veronica Schroeder, community manager Trudy Turner and Ann Dunstall, from Doors Wide Open, bonding over a sweet treat.
Camera IconIngenia Gardens resident Eric Waddington with Alison Ellem, from Doors Wide Open, resident Veronica Schroeder, community manager Trudy Turner and Ann Dunstall, from Doors Wide Open, bonding over a sweet treat. Credit: Ailish Delaney / South Western Times

A group of Bunbury seniors has used its sweet tooth for a good cause by raising money for Doors Wide Open.

Residents at Ingenia Gardens Carey Park came together to support the not-for-profit organisation which helps people recover from addiction by selling baked goods, whipped up by chef Mark Palumbo.

So far the residents have raised more than $600, with their sights set on $1000 by the end of the year.

Community manager Trudy Turner said this was the third annual fundraising event the community has held.

“All the residents come together to select a charity that is meaningful to everyone and this year many of the residents felt that Doors Wide Open needed our support,” Ms Turner said.

“We’ve donated to Relay For Life and South West Refuge in the past because they’re important causes to us. It’s important to be a part of the wider community and we try and do that by raising money.”

Resident Veronica Schroeder said it was lovely to be involved with a community that supported groups like Doors Wide Open and helped to raise money for those in need.

It’s important for us as part of the wider community to support each other, our loved ones and our neighbours, that’s why I love living in this community and this region so much.

Veronica Schroeder

Doors Wide Open founder Lina Pugh said she was grateful for the donation and thanked the residents for their continued fundraising efforts.

“We rely so heavily on the donations and generosity of our community and everything counts, no matter the size of the donation,” Ms Pugh said.

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