Being the beginning of Spring, I thought we could talk about flowers. Flowers are a thing of beauty. They are colourful and delicate; and have brought comfort and delight to many people throughout time. But a newly formed charity in south-east Queensland in Australia has taken the pleasure of receiving a bouquet of flowers to a whole new level.
The Flower Project Foundation delivers floral bouquets to people in need of kindness in their lives or deserve to be recognised for the kindness they have for others.
A clinical psychologist, who featured in QWeekend Magazine’s 50 Best and Brightest List, Dr Shannon Yeardley, founded The Flower Project after seeing an important need in the community for spreading a bit of kindness. Through her psychology practice, Dr Yeardley was repeatedly reminded of the tough situations some people have to go through in life, and also saw the positive impact a moment of appreciation can have on someone.
The Flower Project bouquets are sent to individuals facing challenging life situations including poverty, social isolation, mental health issues or violent or traumatic events. Often recipients are carers of someone with special needs or illness, volunteers who have spent many hours helping others, isolated elderly or victims recovering from domestic violence or other traumatic events. For these people, the small gesture of kindness really makes a difference, as this quote from a recipient shows:
“I was overwhelmed. I have been struggling to get through most days lately and the flowers have made my day, my week, my year!”
After beginning as a small project in 2011, The Flower Project has bloomed (pun intended) into a fully-fledged non-profit organisation and is run almost entirely by volunteers. Part of this growth was result of being featured on morning television program, Sunrise. To see this video snippet, click here.
In the time since its inception, the initiative has delivered over 2,200 bouquets of kindness. It now also offers flower workshops to community members as an income generating activity to help fund the initiative. The three hour workshops allow participants to learn all about flowers, make a professional bouquet to take home and make a beautiful posy to give to someone they know.
So, as we celebrate the beginning of Spring this week, we felt this Thank You Thursday would be an ideal time to also celebrate Dr Yeardley and The Flower Project Foundation for their work in brightening the lives of others with a burst of colour and kindness. Who knew there was so much power in petals?
See you in the pond,
The Fish Chick.
Since publishing this post, it has been brought to our attention, that the Flower Project has ended and the team at Fish are sad to hear no more bouquets of kindness will be delivered.