De­signer bags up for grabs

Whitsunday Times - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

MORE than 70 peo­ple gath­ered for the an­nual Va­ri­ety Queens­land Old Bags Lunch at Fish D’vine yes­ter­day.

Women across the Whit­sun­days gath­ered to­gether to raise funds for the chil­dren’s char­ity Va­ri­ety by do­nat­ing and pur­chas­ing hand­bags, en­joy­ing lunch and pur­chas­ing raf­fle tick­ets.

More than 40 old hand­bags were do­nated by at­ten­dees to Life­line, with many ladies tak­ing home a new one from the event that linked in with the lat­est colours and trends.

‘Feel­ing Gor­geous’ fash­ion ad­viser Mandy Har­g­reaves also shared her in­spi­ra­tional story with at­ten­dees, in­spir­ing them to make the most of each day and be­lieve in them­selves.

Va­ri­ety Queens­land func­tions co-or­di­na­tor Tracy Per­ryer thanked lo­cal event co-or­di­na­tor Wendy Downes for her hard work in mak­ing the event a knock­out suc­cess.

“We re­ally would like to thank all the peo­ple who have do­nated prizes, money and their time as vol­un­teers for the event,” she said.

“We can now turn their kind- ness into equip­ment for kids in need.”

Ms Downes said they were still tal­ly­ing the fi­nal fig­ures of funds raised yes­ter­day when the Whit­sun­day Times went to press.

“There was a ma­jor auc­tion with four prizes val­ued be­tween $600-$1000, 20 raf­fle prize givea- ways and five mys­tery hol­i­day bag auc­tions which re­ally added to the ex­cite­ment of the day,” she said. Va­ri­ety – the Chil­dren’s Char­ity of Queens­land is ded­i­cated to em­pow­er­ing chil­dren who are sick, dis­ad­van­taged or who have spe­cial needs to live, laugh and learn.

HAND­BAG FUNDRAISER: Va­ri­ety func­tions co-or­di­na­tor Tracy Per­ryer, Robyn Mitchell, event or­gan­iser Wendy Downes and Mandy Har­g­reaves showed off a num­ber of the bags that were sold in the silent auc­tion at the Va­ri­ety Old Bags Lunch yes­ter­day.

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