A di­vine but­ter­fly ef­fect

Dalby Herald - - NEWS - Sam Flana­gan Sam.Flana­gan@dal­by­her­ald.com.au

THE fruits of Zonta’s in­cred­i­ble But­ter­fly Ball ear­lier this year are be­gin­ning to be har­vested.

Elaine Weir has been bat­tling bowel can­cer since Novem­ber 2016, and af­ter nu­mer­ous op­er­a­tions and two rounds of chemo­ther­apy, Ms Weir is now in what doc­tors would clas­sify as the ‘pal­lia­tive stage’.

Ms Weir spent more than 30 years of her life in the cater­ing in­dus­try, and loved cook­ing up a storm for her whole fam­ily when they got to­gether.

Thanks to the gen­eros­ity of Zonta, Ms Weir and her fam­ily were once again able to unite with food and laugh­ter at Ur­ban Pad­dock re­cently.

“To all sit to­gether around a huge ta­ble and share some de­li­cious food and won­der­ful com­pany was such a bless­ing,” Elaine’s daugh­ter Annabelle said. “We didn’t have to plan or stress about any­thing and we were just able to be to­gether.

“I know we will al­ways remember the gifts of fam­ily time filled with laugh­ter and food. This is just the lat­est file in our me­mory banks.”

FSD proudly spon­sored Zonta to help bring the ini­tia­tive to life, and are look­ing for­ward to de­liv­er­ing more hap­pi­ness to fam­i­lies go­ing through tough times.

“It’s an­other com­mu­nity project we’re happy to be in­volved in,” FSD CEO James Ban­ner­man said.

“Pal­lia­tive care is an ex­ten­sion of what we do and it af­fects us all at some stage.”

Com­mu­nity pal­lia­tive care co­or­di­na­tor for the West­ern Downs Ma­ree Wylie said the ini­tia­tive raises aware­ness of what’s avail­able to the com­mu­nity through the pal­lia­tive care pro­gram.

“To be able of­fer some­thing so valu­able dur­ing this time has been great,” she said.

Zonta was thank­ful for the com­mu­nity’s gen­eros­ity in sup­port of the pro­gram.

PHOTO: SAM FLANA­GAN

DREAM TEAM: Vesna Ren­dulic, Ma­ree Wylie, Denise Jeitz, Linda Marsh and James Ban­ner­man have worked to­gether to bring a won­der­ful ini­tia­tive to the area.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

Elaine (right) with her daugh­ter Peta and grand­daugh­ter Annabelle.

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