Ever since we were little kids, we’ve always loved eating fruit and veggies straight from the garden.
That love followed us well into adulthood - but so did a growing awareness of the issue of homelessness in Australia.
We soon found ourselves with a little veggie garden, and a big dream. A dream to do our part to help the 48,000 homeless women living across the country.
We set out looking for a way to empower these women, by giving them the chance to nurture and grow their own food source - all while sharing our love of gardening with Australians everywhere.
With that, the seed of an idea was planted. And it grew into the Green Samaritans.
You might’ve already twigged that the name Green Samaritans (or Green Sammies, for short) comes from the story of the Good Samaritan.
It’s the story of a down-trodden traveller, fallen on the road-side, at the mercy of passers-by. One by one, people walk by without even a second glance. Until one kind stranger finally offers a helping hand.
It’s an age-old story. But with the number of homeless and displaced Australians on the rise, it’s one that still feels uncomfortably familiar in 2019.
Today, over 48,000 Australian women* - many victims of domestic violence, or sexual abuse - are in need of that same helping hand.
And with the Green Samaritans, and Gardens for Good, you can do your part to offer it.
*ABS Census, 2016
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