For three decades, staff, patients and visitors to Shepparton’s Goulburn Valley Health have had the pleasure of seeing the beautiful arrangements of flowers donated by local florist Sam Renato each week.
GV Health Foundation director Carmel Johnson estimates at least $70000 in bunches and arrangements have been donated to the hospital during the years, through the weekly drop-off, as well as via fundraisers for the hospital.
The hospital asked the well-known florist to donate flowers on one occasion many years ago, but since then, the drop-off had become a tradition.
Each week, a staff member from Renato’s drops the flowers off at the front desk, where they greet staff, patients and visitors.
‘‘We think it’s such a lovely, generous thing to do and it’s just great for the staff and patients and visitors to see a lovely arrangement,’’ Ms Johnson said.
‘‘We pride ourselves on creating a welcoming environment and we think the flowers that Sam brings each week help to contribute to that, and the staff especially look forward each week to see what the arrangements will be.’’
Renato’s Florist owner Sam Renato said the tradition started when they started to sell posies in an old bucket in the old hospital’s kiosk.
‘‘Flowers always bring positive vibes and they make people feel better, they’re great to give and great to receive,’’ he said.
‘‘I love being involved in something like this and I can’t deny that I get a kick out of seeing the staff happy, too, because sometimes hospitals aren’t the greatest place to find yourself in.’’