In 2022 the Schusters, owners of The Barns of Freeling, planted a trial crop of sunflowers as a photogenic backdrop for the Function Centre. When the crop took and bloomed the family wanted to ensure they wouldn't go to waste so they opened the gates offering the flowers for a gold coin donation to HeartKids SA.
The result of the generous gesture, was a donation of more than $15,000 two weeks later.
In 2023 the family again opened the gates to aid charity. This time, all funds raised have been donated to KCNT1 Epilepsy Foundation- Hope is on the Horizon.
KCNT1 related epilepsy is an ULTRA RARE, infant onset seizure disorder caused by mutations of the KCNT1 gene. The donation will be made in memory of Elijah Heutling, the son of a local couple who unfortunately passed away recently at the age of 4.
As a result of the generous donations in 2023, a donation of $10,100 was made to the KCNT1 Epilepsy Foundation.
This year our “pick a sunflower for a gold coin donation” fundraiser will have a twist.
When you pick a sunflower, please leave a gold coin donation, but also, we request that you water another sunflower nearby, so that the next visitor can enjoy a sunflower too.
Water and watering cans will be provided next to the donation box.
WHO ARE WE RAISING MONEY FOR?
This year all proceeds will be going towards “CP Alliance” or Cerebral Palsy Alliance.
From their website -
“Cerebral Palsy Alliance helps to deliver therapy, programs, equipment and research to support children, young people and adults living with cerebral palsy”
HOW DO I GET THERE / WHERE DO I PARK?
The sunflower patch is located on the Southern side of Templers Road, just west of Freeling.
Parking is in the paddock, look for signs (or bales pretending to be signs).
We have included a map on our Facebook page post showing where access to the sunflower field is too. https://www.facebook.com/TheBarnsOfFreeling
When we have private functions at the barns, the entire barns complex will be closed to the public.
WHEN IS THE SUNFLOWER PATCH OPEN?
We will be open Friday 16 February, then from sunrise to sunset each day until all the flowers are picked. Keep an eye on our Facebook page as we will update the progress as the sunflowers are picked.
WHERE IS THE DONATION BOX?
Donation box will be located next to the watering cans and the sunflower artwork
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
Entry to our sunflower field is free, all we ask is that you donate a gold coin (or more if you wish) for every sunflower you pick – oh, and don’t forget to water another sunflower plant too, so it’s ready for the next person!
Finally, we just need to put in the reminder that sunflowers are flowers, flowers have pollen, bees love pollen…thus, there are and will be some bees hanging around our sunflower patch, so “Bee” careful and try not to disturb them!
The Barns of Freeling Team.