Blooming great charity fundraiser

Blooming great charity fundraiser

Thousands of the City’s colourful Mardi Gras Living Colour plants that have brightened city streets will be given away this weekend to support cancer research.

The beautiful blooms have been brightening the city for the past 10 weeks to celebrate Mardi Gras’ 35th birthday, and on Sunday 17 March they’ll line the square in front of St Mary’s Cathedral in College Street from 8am.

The City is encouraging everyone to bring a bag, a box, a car boot – and a gold coin donation for Cancer Council NSW – and take home some living colour.

“Residents, workers and visitors in Sydney have been able to enjoy the beautiful displays spread across the city centre but now it’s time to use them to beautify other gardens and balconies,” Lord Mayor Clover Moore said.

“The giveaway, which happens twice a year, is a favourite part of the year for locals and visitors alike.

“It’s wonderful to see so many smiling, appreciative people come along to boost their gardens, and everyone gets to feel good about a gold coin donation for Cancer Council NSW.”

Gillian Odbert, Regional Manager, Central and Southern Sydney at Cancer Council NSW, said: “We’re honoured to be working with the City of Sydney again on the Living Colour giveaway.

“More than 35,000 people are diagnosed with cancer in NSW each year, and raising funds to keep up world class medical research to help the community beat this disease is so important.

“It will also enable us to ensure nobody faces cancer alone by providing support through services like our helpline and legal support program.”

On Sunday 17 March, Cancer Council volunteers  will be on-site in their bright-yellow t-shirts helping with the flower giveaways and seeking a gold coin or two.



WHEN:           Sunday 17 March

TIME:             From 8am – 11am, while stocks last

WHERE:        Cathedral Square in front of St Marys Cathedral

WHAT:          Apple Mint, Celosia, Begonia, Euphorbia, Carex, Bracteantha, Tradescantia, Lamium and Viola

Some plants will also be available from Neighbourhood Service Centres in Glebe, Redfern, Kings Cross and Town Hall House from Monday 18 November.

Please note that College Street will be a clearway from 9am for Patrick’s Day festivities. Parking is available in the Cathedral Street carpark under Cathedral Square for $10.

Large plants and perennial plants are replanted in parks throughout the city, while those unsuitable to give away or replant are composted into a high-quality soil mix for use in City parks and gardens.


For more information, contact City of Sydney Media Adviser Jo Wathen, phone 0438 669 650 or email

For more information about Cancer Council NSW, visit