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Heritage tour to raise funds for Zonta Club's charity work

OPEN TO ALL: Visitors stand outside Claremont hertiage home.
OPEN TO ALL: Visitors stand outside Claremont hertiage home.

IF there is one thing Ipswich is known for it is its assortment of well-preserved heritage homes.

It's good news for Zonta Club of Ipswich member Bev Johnston who is spoiled for choice whenever she plans a Heritage Homes of Ipswich Tour.

The Ipswich kindergarten teacher said the tours were held to raise money for her organisation's important work.

She said her group supported to advance the status of women through service and advocacy and fund-raised for local and international projects.

This year's tour took more than 140 people on a journey of discovery inside four of Ipswich's most beautiful and historic homes.

At each property, visitors were given a unique glimpse into what it was like to live in the homes and discover what was involved in restoring and maintaining them.

Ms Johnston said she was thankful to the owners who generously agreed to open their homes to facilitate the tour.

"It's great to see some people are willing to allow crowds of strangers pass through their home to help us raise funds," she said.

"Not only that, the home owners were also keen to share the history of their homes with us."

Ms Johnston said the organised tours had been a regular fundraising initiative of the club which dated back to 2002.

"We've seen lots of houses during the years; from grand mansions to humble cottages," she said."It's a tour that highlights Ipswich."

Topics:  fundraiser, heritage homes, zonta club




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