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Green fingers get to work in the greenhouse 

Rebecca is a gardening enthusiast who is turning her passion into a sustainable business. As a recipient of a Fund for Good grant, Rebecca grows vegetables to sell at a local produce market.

Living with her parents in Southland, her Dad Neville provides support while Mum Dianne works full-time. The family moved out of town to live a farmland lifestyle, complete with livestock and plenty of garden space.

“We thought we’d try to give our family, especially Rebecca, a better opportunity to find a niche in her world, and something for her to work towards,” says Dianne.

It hasn’t been an easy journey for the family. Rebecca was just seven years old when she became extremely unwell from meningitis. She also battled with some mental health issues in her late teens. The family have had supports in place since then.

The family experienced positive change with their rural move. They are supportive of Rebecca, encouraging her to pursue her passion.

“She loves animals and also growing plants,” adds Dianne. “Being able to access some funding to help Rebecca reach her potential has been absolutely awesome.”

Fund for Good supported the family’s efforts to integrate Rebecca into the community.

“We had a plan, the stopping point was the money of course, and Fund for Good made that made it achievable.”

The introduction of the glasshouse has seen great results in Rebecca’s initial success at developing her skills as a gardener and a budding entrepreneur.

If you have a dream but need some funding to get going, apply for Fund for Good.  

Watch Rebecca's story on YouTube here