“The motivation behind my work is simple and profound.
My mother Aileen was diagnosed with terminal cancer in October 2012 and died in January 2014. Dad’s sister Heather completed the Relay for Life in mum’s name in 2014 and I thought, I would like to honour mum as well. I organised a Biggest Morning Tea for the Cancer Council and made a batch of tomato sauce and a few dozen jars of jam for a trading table. Over 180 people attending and $3,437 was raised.
From this, Preserves by the House of Fi was established to raise funds for the Cancer Council year round, with 100 per cent of the proceeds donated to the Cancer Council in memory of mum each year. The amount raised since May 2014 currently stands at $137,953.25.
My fundraising work is not a solo effort and there are many people who help and support the work I do. I call this my ‘circle of love’, comprised of family, friends and volunteers who donate fruit, save jars, cut fabric and attend workshops where we chat and laugh and work preparing product for sale.
Preserves by the House of Fi would not exist with the love and support I receive from my father Malcolm. He is committed to helping me in anyway he can and grows 99 per cent of the plants we sell under the banner of Plants by the House of Fi which funds the purchase of jars.
If anyone has product they can’t use please contact me as donations are very gratefully received as any item I don’t have to purchase means more money can be donated to the Cancer Council.
Thank you to everyone for supporting Preserves by the House of Fi.”