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Beth House rooftop blooms

A group of enthusiastic volunteers from the Rotary Club of North Hobart recently donated a collection of potted plants and outdoor furniture to brighten up Bethlehem House’s rooftop garden.

Rotarian Brian Claridge said the collective effort was just one step in a long history of the club supporting the St Vincent De Paul Society of Tasmania’s (Vinnies) work.

“We started donating leftover food from our Bunnings’ sausage sizzles to Bethlehem House a few years ago and when additional funding was available, we knew we wanted to do more to help the residents,” he said.

“Having previously donated plants to the former Bethlehem House in Warwick St and witnessing the positive impact this had on residents, we knew that providing the same thing for the new rooftop space would have a similar impact.

“We purchased several tables and, with the help of a few residents in the Bethlehem House workshop, made them suitable for outdoor use.

“As the collection of plants grow over time, they will provide a more welcoming atmosphere with vibrant colour and will also deliver some private spaces.”

Mr Claridge said Rotary members now have plans to further assist and enrich the lives of Bethlehem House residents and staff.

“Our hope is to construct some portable vertical gardens to cover some of the blank concrete walls. We can also help refurbish one of the old Tasmanian oak tables and develop a nicer space near the downstairs carpark, working in collaboration with the Lions Club of Clarence,” he said.

“We feel honoured to, in our own way, provide some additional support for the incredibly valuable and life-changing services provided by Vinnies and all of the dedicated Bethlehem House staff.”

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