Honouring a special friend
Family and friends of Karen Eastwood are joining forces for a lady they say brought everyone together.
Eastwood, who passed away in December last year after a short battle with cancer, was a big part of her Pegasus community and now those friends are working to ensure there is a special place in Pegasus to honour her.
The playground and park area at the end of Matamata Quay has been named the Karen Eastwood Park.
The community is now raising funds for a large picnic table that will accommodate at least two families. It will be positioned at the top of Lake Pegasus near the children’s playground, overlooking the lake, beach and bridge.
Davina Corcoran, Karen’s friend, has set up a Givealittle page, Karen Eastwood Memorial, to fundraise for the table.
She said a place to sit and remember their friend would very special.
‘‘Karen brought everyone together, so this is a great way to honour her. She was also very practical so she would love that it is something which can be used by the whole community.’’
Eastwood was only 44 when she passed away. She left behind her husband David and their young children Mia and Luca.
She was the chairperson of the Woodend-Ashley Community Board, and more recently a member of the Woodend-Sefton Board.
The Woodend-Sefton Community Board has approved $2,000 toward the table and her friends and family are fundraising an extra $5,500 to cover the rest of the table cost, plants, concrete and a plaque.
Another of Eastwood’s friends, Rhonda Mather said Pegasus Town was her passion.
‘‘Her favourite places were the lake, the beach and the night sky out there. She was one of Pegasus’ biggest advocates.
‘‘We want to create a space that is practical, useful and a place for our community and her family to gather, meet and remember the remarkable woman that she was,’’ Mather said.
Corcoran said it was their goal to have the project completed by December 18, the anniversary of Karen’s death.
‘‘It would be great to be able to sit at the table on that day and drink a toast to Karen. She would love that, she was an amazing lady.’’