Re­mem­ber­ing Amanda Bau­mann

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ROB BAU­MANN com­peted in the ARB Eldee Easter Fes­ti­val 2018 with his daugh­ters Holly (8) and Alana (6). This was Rob’s sec­ond time at Eldee, but the first with­out his wife Amanda, who sadly lost her bat­tle with can­cer in Oc­to­ber 2017.

“Last year we came up to Eldee as a last-minute thing,” ex­plained Rob. “When we went up to Sun­set Hill, Amanda fell in love with it, and that was the start of our out­back tour­ing… from last Easter un­til she passed away in Oc­to­ber [2017], we spent the whole time do­ing as much out­back tour­ing as we could.

“When we were talk­ing about the end, so to speak, she wanted to have her ashes spread up here [on Sun­set Hill]. She didn’t want us to make a spe­cial trip up, she wanted it to be this week­end with the friends we met from last year. They’ve be­come life­long friends… it’s like we’d known them for­ever. You just sort of have that bond with peo­ple up here at Eldee.”

Rob is now work­ing on sev­eral projects to sup­port breast can­cer re­search, in­clud­ing putting on some coun­try mu­sic shows in South Aus­tralia and run­ning a women’s nav­i­ga­tion­style event, po­ten­tially out of Arka­roola.

Amanda’s kids Holly and Alana were both en­thu­si­as­tic com­peti­tors in this year’s ARB Eldee Easter Fes­ti­val. “The kids have taken mum’s spot, so to speak, they’ve been pas­sion­ate about try­ing,” said Rob.

“Amanda’s bucket list when she first found out she had ter­mi­nal can­cer was all about the kids, and mak­ing mem­o­ries for the kids… One thing I’m very thank­ful for is Amanda never missed out on do­ing any­thing as far as fam­ily. The way it all hap­pened in the end, it was very quick and she never missed out on any­thing.”

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