Daffodils at Rydal has become a major event on the district calendar.
In news that will come as no surprise, they have had another successful year.
Despite inclement weather at the tail end of the event, Daffodils at Rydal was yet again a huge hit and allowed some serious funds to be raised for local charities.
On Sunday November 20, the Rydal Village Association had a function to hand over the funds raised for charity this year.
In another fantastic results, there was a cheque for $13,716.00 to be shared between Lithgow Legacy and Doreen’s Place Respite Care Centre for dementia patients.
The funds will be well used as both groups get many calls on them for help.
Lithgow Legacy has some 80 people on their books, either ex-service personnel or their widows or dependents.
Many of these people are quite elderly and have deteriorating health so need support for all sorts of practical every situations, like shopping, minor repairs or extra medical costs.
Lithgow Legacy also helps with social outings and hiring buses for these occasions.
Doreen’s Place Respite Care is a much appreciated facility and this donation will help them hire more staff which means they can take people in for some extra hours.
Many of us know of someone with dementia and also know how hard it is for the carer who is on duty 24 hours a day.
Since 2002 Daffodils at Rydal has donated $164,376 to charities in the Lithgow district which for such a small village is an amazing achievement.
It brings a lot of people into the area, many of whom stay overnight in motels, have a meal or visit other local places of interest.
Many of these visitors than return to explore more of the area.
Apart from helping the charities, this kind of tourism benefits the whole region.
Busloads of visitors from far afield have become a common sight on the two weekends a year on which Daffodils at Rydal take place.
With yet another successful event under their belt, focus is now on making the 2017 event another success.