A number of Hellingly residents generously opened their beautiful gardens to the public on Sunday 6th September 2015 to raise money for the Pestalozzi International Village Trust, a charity that provides academic scholarships for young people from challenging economic backgrounds.
|Colourful Dahlia Flowers|
|Chhiring, Choden and Tenzin performing a Tibetan Cultural Dance|
The event was blessed with glorious warm weather, allowing visitors to take their time as they met Pestalozzi students and strolled through the gardens serenaded by Wealden Brass Band among stalls selling plants, books and of course refreshments. Hellingly resident Jane Tourle was ably assisted by an enthusiastic team of volunteers, including Eastbourne Soroptimists and Pestalozzi staff and students, in catering for a hungry crowd.
Pestalozzi students Chhiring Lama, Tenzin Yankey and Sonam Choden performed a traditional Tibetan dance. Tenzin said "People cheered for us when we danced. I think they really admired the rich diversity of cultures and people present during the event”. After the dancing, second year student, Erwin Burgos, told a Belizean folk story about the spider Anansi. Erwin added "The Open Gardens was very interesting for me; in my country (Belize) people would never have events like this. I had a lot of fun and it was nice to socialise with new people”.
Chairman of Wealden District Council, Barby Dashwood-Morris, who has lived in Hellingly for over 18 years, said "I was delighted to attend Hellingly Open Gardens in aid of Pestalozzi as the charity does such amazing work all over the world. Students wore national costumes, teas were delicious, the gardens looked wonderful,the sun shone and lots of money was raised to support the work of Pestalozzi - what better way to spend a Sunday afternoon?”
Sue Walton, Pestalozzi’s CEO, added "We are tremendously grateful to all the garden owners, Wealden Brass Band, Eastbourne Soroptimists and of course the many visitors that made the Open Gardens such a success. The £2838 raised will provide a significant boost to the Pestalozzi scholarship programme.”
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