Ween­gal­lon res­i­dents dress up for breast can­cer aware­ness

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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.

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