Newborn and Maternity Photographer Anne-Marie Audet is having a fundraising event for Mother’s Day on May 7. While holding her own child, Grace Keeble, she shows off an example of the flowerpots people will be able to decorate. (Photo by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)

Creative Mother's Day fundraiser May 7

Community News

By Patricia Leboeuf

Posted on Thursday, April 28, 2016

Blooms for Babies is a fundraising Mother’s Day event which will allow children to create a special gift for their mothers while raising money for the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO).

People of all ages are invited to the Petawawa Point on May 7 to decorate their own flowerpot and plant some seeds. The cost is a minimum donation of $10, but all materials are provided and attendees can bring home their creations. “For Mother’s Day, I wanted to create some sort of fun event and I figured I could tie it in with the charity that I have,” said Organizer Anne-Marie Audet.

The Angel Whispers Campaign supports the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at CHEO. All the money raised from this event will be put towards the cause. “I’ll be providing all the material, the paints, the pots, the soil, the seeds,” she said. “They just have to show up, donate and that’s that.”

From the positive feedback she has already received from potential attendees, she knows that many mothers are excited to spend time with their families and create something special. “It will just help reinforce that bond with their children,” said Audet. “It celebrates being a mom and spending that time with your kids. That bond and those memories that you are creating is what you are celebrating. "

“Not only you are celebrating and doing something fun with your children, but you can take it home and remember that you donated to helped other mothers,” she added. “So it’s Mother’s Day for them, but also Mother’s Day for the moms who are using the NICU at CHEO.”

The event is open to all ages and will be held at Petawawa Point on May 7 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. For more information or to register, please contact Anne-Marie Audet at 613-504-1366, or through her website at

Pre-registration is appreciated so Audet can determine what supplies to purchase.