Dubbo Can Assist Open Gardens

Lyndal Walton, Maxine Andrews, Sandy Walker and David Walker


The Dubbo branch of CAN ASSIST (Cancer Assistance Network) conducted their annual major fundraiser on Sunday, May 5. After a rainy Saturday, Sunday morning dawned to a glorious day for the CAN ASSIST Dubbo Autumn Gardens Open Day. The four gardens were graciously opened to the public by their hardworking owners to provide an enjoyable outing for the hundreds of attendees. Each garden portrayed a different atmosphere and style with a number of special events from musical performances to guest speakers. This year attendees were fortunate to be entertained by the Three Sisters Violin Trio and guest speakers Doctor Florian Honeyball (chief medico at the Dubbo Base Hospital’s Cancer Centre) and Professor Andrew Rawson (CSU School of Vet and Agriculture Science).

The Autumn Gardens Open Day is a massive undertaking with countless hours given by a dedicated team of volunteers. CAN ASSIST member Melva Blake coordinated this year’s successful event, including the popular plant stall which sold out.


Robyn Englert, Melva Blake, Ros Lorimer and Janet Couchman


CAN ASSIST president David Walker thanks the CAN ASSIST Garden Day team as well all those individual members and non-members who offered their time and efforts in this fundraiser. Over 60 people help in all facets on the day with lots of preparation time beforehand as well. “We owe a debt of gratitude to the owners of the gardens, and also to all the attendees. All the funds raised at this event support CAN ASSIST in providing financial support to those undergoing cancer treatment in our region,” Walker said.

CAN ASSIST has also been strongly supported by local news media and major raffle sponsors including Bunnings, Dubbo Flight Centre plus several anonymous sponsors. With little time to rest, Dubbo CAN ASSIST is already planning their 2025 open day with their search for gardens. If you would like to contribute to CAN ASSIST or have a wonderful garden to share next year, please contact dubbo@canassist.org.au


Alan Clarke, Fitz McKay and Fran Ellis

May 16 2024, Dubbo Photo News