An enticing collection of 130 Bonsai trees will form a Christmas sale with a difference in Brisbane on Saturday December 12, with all proceeds donated to charity.
Since losing his wife Jan to Alzheimer’s Disease two years ago, The Gap resident Ron Osborne has tried to maintain fig, maple, Chinese elm, juniper and pine varieties of Bonsai, which his wife had spent invaluable time artistically evolving over the past couple of decades.
Alzheimer’s Australia Queensland will be the beneficiary of the ornamental tree sale, with Ron intent on acknowledging the organisation’s vital service provision.
Any part of Jan’s living legacy is sure to make for an extraordinary Christmas gift for a loved one, plus there’s already been more than passing interest among Bonsai devotees from across South-east Queensland.
“On this occasion the gift of giving is two-fold with all those people sourcing a Bonsai at the sale making a valuable contribution to Alzheimer’s Australia Queensland,” said Ron.
“With my limited knowledge of Bonsai culture, I’ve been lucky enough to have close friends of Jan’s assist with the upkeep of the trees over the past couple of years, who will also help ensure a polished presentation of Bonsai at our sale.
“With the required upkeep of so many trees it’s just become a huge task so now just about everything is up for grabs.
“Jan’s trees represent value for money at greatly reduced prices and each individual piece boasts a unique character that’s sure to be appreciated.
“A number of local Bonsai clubs will be attending the sale which is testament to the calibre of trees that will be on display.
“I’ll be keeping just a couple of Bonsai from the collection, including an Azalea which was Jan’s favourite.
“I’m sure Jan will be smiling down on us during the sale knowing full well her efforts in maintaining her Bonsai collection will ultimately assist greatly in the lives of others living with dementia.
“Alzheimer’s Australia Queensland provided invaluable assistance when Jan and I were forced to adjust to living with the disease. It’s a difficult road made just that little bit easier having people equipped to provide advice and education during those tough times.”
Alzheimer’s Australia (Qld) CEO Victoria Beedle confirms the value of such fundraising ventures, which support an ongoing need for funds to continue the organisation’s vital service provision throughout the State.
“Contributions such as those provided by Ron’s unique Bonsai sale not only raise funds for important services, they also raise awareness of the issues people with dementia face and enrich communities by promoting inclusion,” said Ms Beedle.
“Alzheimer’s Australia (Qld) supports thousands of people with dementia every day in every aspect of their lives.
“There is presently no cure so funds also assist valuable research into Alzheimer’s Disease and other forms of dementia.
“We thank Ron and his small team of helpers for making this event happen and ensuring a significant contribution to Alzheimer’s Australia Queensland.”
Growing awareness and education about dementia is an imperative, with more than 342,000 Australians, including 64,000 Queenslanders currently living with the disease.
The December 12 Bonsai sale will be held at Ron’s private residence at 31 Illowra Street, The Gap where the various Bonsai variety start from just $20, and some estimated to be valued at more than $100.
There’ll be a couple of experts at the sale to provide advice plus hand out basic instructional brochures to all purchasers.
A December 14 presentation of monies raised to Alzheimer’s Australia (Qld) will also mark the two year anniversary of Jan’s passing.
For further details regarding the sale contact:
Ron Osborne – Mob: 0415 881 690