Hon­our­ing a spe­cial friend

Northern Outlook - - FRONT PAGE - KIM NUTBROWN

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.’’

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