FOR SALE: Ian Bailey among the many plants that will be up for grabs at his fundraising plant sale.
FOR SALE: Ian Bailey among the many plants that will be up for grabs at his fundraising plant sale.

Big plant fundraiser has Ian seeing green

By EMMA CORNFORD

IAN BAILEY says he has mondo grass coming out of his ears.

But he is hoping to remedy that situation today when he holds a fundraising plant sale in South Grafton.

Mr Bailey has more than 2000 plants to sell ? and none of them will be more than $5.

"There's all types of plants ... including conifers, date palms, lemongrass, rosemary, white cedar," he said.

"They're stacked everywhere around the yard."

The sale is to raise money for a pilgrimage in which 40 high school students from across Australia will head to India to work with Mother Teresa's Sisters.

The Grafton Jail chaplain has been chosen as the chaplain to accompany the group and once his costs are covered the rest of the money will go towards helping the students.

"It's an awesome experience for them. It's really life changing," he said.

The students spend two weeks in Calcutta working in leprosy villages, at the Rainbow School for street children as well as visiting homes for abandoned and mentally ill children and the destitute and dying.

The group will also meet with the Dalai Lama, Sonia Ghandi and the President of India.

Mr Bailey's plant sale will start at 6am at 317 Bent Street, South Grafton.



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