Tomato grows charity coffers

Invercargill Diacks Nurseries community liaison and sales representative Ann Robbie (left) with tomato-grower David Cook and Southland Charity Hospital general manager Helen Robinson.

A FRESH take on fundraising, Diacks Nurseries’ Vining tomato plant has raised more than $1000 for the Southland Charity Hospital.

Community liaison and sales representative Ann Robbie said 1068 of the specially grown plants had sold, including to tomato grower David Cook.

Mr Cook said the variety grew very well and he especially enjoyed eating them in a sandwich.

His wife, Gail, said they all felt strongly about supporting the Southland Charity Hospital.

Ms Robbie said the fundraiser would be an annual event, having seen success this year.

When it began, demand outgrew supply, she said.

“Every little bit helps.”