TOWN TURNS PINK
Weengallon residents dress up for breast cancer awareness
IT WAS a day of boisterous laughter, exuberance and joy as 600 women sipped on pink margaritas at an unforgettable fiesta in the tiny town of Weengallon.
The annual breast cancer fundraiser – held at the blink-and-miss-it town between Goondiwindi and St George – raised more than $30,000 to support local breast care nurses and provide free accommodation for country cancer patients.
Committee president Emma Montgomery said the day was a roaring success, made possible by the ongoing support of guests and major sponsors.
“Our tiny district couldn’t achieve what it does each year without the generosity of sponsors such as the South West Toyota Dealers Group, AgForce, Range Event Hire, St Hilda’s, Bentley’s Chartered Accountants, Rabobank, Clayfield College, Graincorp, Churchie, NAB and so many more.”
This year, guests were enthralled by motivational guest speaker Robyn Moore, a breast cancer survivor who is well-known for her voice-over work on the radio series How Green Was My Cactus.
Robyn delivered an exhilarating onslaught of light bulb moments on the little things that can be done to live an extraordinary life every day. Nicky Shaw had an extraordinary day, winning the $2000 Panda Pearls hamper, and Jo Knights won the Newport Apartments Mooloolaba holiday.
The Aitches Boutique best dressed in fiesta pink prize was won by Sarah Turner of Country Peonies, Talwood, and Gail Godwin-Smith from Rolleston won the McCartney & Creed Shoes best fiesta accessory.
Dirranbandi auctioneer Steve Burnett had the ladies reaching for their purses in the art auction, which had a record $1500 paid by Kell Freeman from Wallumbilla for a Weengallon Pink Ladies Day committee apron.
Teresa Francis from Kingaroy paid $1700 for a Glen Star sculpture, Wendy Rhea from St George paid $1700 for Tara Stower’s painting, while Karen Tonkin from Mungindi paid $1700 for a painting by Jacquie McColl.
The Weengallon whip, donated by Paula Moore, was bought by Liz Holcombe from Toobeah for $1700, while Ruth Jones from Rolleston paid $1500 for an artwork by Felicity Grant.
Inland Legal St George bought a WPLD committee apron for $800, Anne Gallaway from Roma paid $750 for another, while guest speaker Robyn Moore bought the Weengallon perpetual apron for $800.
Mrs Montgomery said every year the Weengallon’s Pink Ladies Day exceeded all expectations because of the determination of the committee.
“All the work that goes in behind the scenes is worth it when you see all these beautiful women gathering to enjoy the best day out they’ve had in years.”
IN THE PINK: The Weengallon Fiesta Pink Ladies’ Day Committee.
PRETTY IN PINK: The Bentley's barmen at the Weengallon Fiesta Pink Ladies Day enjoy a few margaritas with the ladies.