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Australia: 42,000 sunflowers grown to raise awareness for stillbirth

Lauren and Pete McNaughton, from the North Burnett region, started growing sunflowers for the first time in order to raise awareness and funds for the Stillbirth Foundation Australia—a charity dedicated to stillbirth research.

Several years ago, the couple’s best friends, Sam and Carlee Cook, lost their son, Nate, who was stillborn. In order to honour the memory of Nate, the McNaughtons grew about 42,000 flowers in “Nate’s Paddock” which covers about 3 acres of their property.

The McNaughtons said they were going to harvest the sunflowers and sell them for seed and oil. They will also be selling some cut flowers at local markets. All proceeds will be going towards the charity.

The Queensland farmer said she didn’t expect the response she received from the local community, who kept contacting them to buy bunches of sunflowers.

“When they all came into flower, we got such a big response of people ringing and messaging, wanting to buy flowers just to put on their kitchen table,” she said.

The generosity of friends and the local community helped the McNaughtons raise more than $600 in one day.

Read more at The Epoch Times (Janita Kan)

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