Wistaria Festival dazzles crowds (again!)

Medical forensic secretary Ariane Zabala and clinical support officer Arpita Khristi at the 2017 Wistaria Festival.
Medical forensic secretary Ariane Zabala and clinical support officer Arpita Khristi at the 2017 Wistaria Festival.

Thousands of people took advantage of the glorious spring weather and ventured to the Wistaria Festival, which was held on the grounds of Cumberland Hospital on September 9, 10, 16 and 17.

The festival’s organiser Margaret Bannister said people consumed more than 55 dozen scones and 500 chicken kebab sticks and bowls of Hokkien noodles.

“More than $16,000 was raised from the four-day festivities, with all funds allocated to Cumberland Hospital patients so they can attend outings like the Sydney Royal Easter Show,” she said.

Registered nurse Raksha Darshini sold her pictures at the festival.
Registered nurse Raksha Darshini sold her pictures at the festival.

“At the festival, the Wistaria Gardens also received second place in the City of Parramatta’s 2017 Spring Garden competition in the non-residential garden best flower category.

“I’d like to acknowledge and thank the staff and their families, who donated their time and assisted. In particular, the volunteers from the Devonshire tea room, the general services staff, who worked on the BBQ and white elephant stall, and those who escorted the patients through the gardens allowing them to enjoy the event too.”

“I’d also like to thank the numerous entertainers and performers who dazzled the crowd, as well as Ariane Zabala, who helped run the event.”

General services staff manned the barbecue at the Wistaria Festival:. Pictured are Shelley Arech, Zeljko Mabic, Young Hee Riemeyer Sharon Riches and Reena Uthappa.
General services staff manned the barbecue at the Wistaria Festival:. Pictured are Shelley Arech, Zeljko Mabic, Young Hee Riemeyer Sharon Riches and Reena Uthappa.
Wistaria festival organiser Margaret Bannister.
Wistaria festival organiser Margaret Bannister.
Wood turner Dave Matthews shows his skill at the 2017 Wistaria Festival.
Wood turner Dave Matthews shows his skill at the 2017 Wistaria Festival.

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