Course helps women blossom

In bloom: Christine Huynh and Lucy Achermann with their display. Picture: Simon Bennett
In bloom: Christine Huynh and Lucy Achermann with their display. Picture: Simon Bennett

Last year Christine Huynh and Lucy Achermann created a wedding flower arrangement as part of the Help Lives Brighter project.

So this year, together with Malay Le, the trio decided to try something different.

"We wanted to be a little bit creative," said Lucy, who has now completed her third floristry course as part of the program which involved weekly classes at CORE Community Services for six months.

"Malay grew the pumpkins and the bright orange and yellows made it stand out."

Christine said the advanced class taught her about what colours go together and working with bigger arrangements. Their final project involved three weeks of gathering flowers and a full day to put together.

The project is part of the social enterprise Angkor Flowers & Crafts that help improve lives of refugee and migrant women in south-west Sydney through training courses.

Last week, the woman showcased their work at a presentation day at Club Marconi - which funded the project through a ClubGrants along with St Johns Park Bowling Club.

This year the project expanded to include the Be Ready and Sparkle component which included helping women with business skills, learning to drive and pathway for employment.