Remembering Amanda Baumann
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 , 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.”