An unlikely fusion of sustainable gardening, superheroes and men’s mental health brought the community together for a special screening of Marvel’s Black Widow in July.
The movie fundraiser event was presented by the GeoCatch Garden Guardians of the Bay campaign, which promotes urban gardening behaviours that protect the health of Geographe Bay. The campaign portrays six local ‘heroes’ who follow key gardening behaviours to keep the Bay OK.
Continuing with the superhero theme, Black Widow was chosen to celebrate Garden Guardians and extend the messages to new audiences.
The event raised $600 for The Man Walk Busselton; another group of real-life super heroes. The Man Walk provides an opportunity for men to get together to walk, talk and support each other in a regular and healthy way.
GeoCatch’s Lisa Massey said the fundraiser was a great way to support the community and make the link between mental and physical health, gardening and the environment.
“Anyone in our community can be a superhero,” said Lisa.
“Whether you are in the garden or making connections through a program like The Man Walk.
“We can do amazing things when we connect with nature and connect with each another.”
The event had local support from Shelter Brewing Co, Mosswood Wines and Rio Tinto, who provided the sundowner drinks and canapes.
Garden Guardians of the Bay is supported by South West Catchments Council, through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program, and is part of Royalties for Region’s Healthy Estuaries WA and Revitalising Geographe Waterways programs.