Beautiful day raises $18,000 for Terri
The Southern Riverina has dug deep, with more than $18,000 raised to help Terri Bevan pay for medical costs associated with a brain tumour.
The amazing total was raised on Sunday, as part of the Beauty for Terri day, which saw more than 70 women pampered at the Finley Showgrounds’ Lions Hall.
The result was an astounding increase on a similar fundraiser held for Terri’s cousin Emma Simpson’s battle with multiple sclerosis, which raised $12,000.
Organisers Lonni Grimwood and Kristin King were almost speechless trying to sum up the day, and said the gratitude is ‘‘immeasurable’’.
‘‘We sincerely thank everyone, with special mention to the Finley Apex Club who once again dug deep and donated $6200,’’ Ms Grimwood said.
‘‘We also need to thank Finley Soroptimists who donated $3000, Libby West who did an enormous effort selling raffle tickets and the Finley Lions for donating their hall.’’
The successful day, created for ladies by ladies, celebrated all things beauty with heaps of pamper stalls and stations set up inside the hall.
While enjoying everything from haircuts to eyebrow waxing, massage booths and health food stalls, there was beautiful live music from the Mulberry St Band.
Guests were refreshed with sparkling wine, tea, cakes and loads of other treats.
Guests were overwhelmed with emotion when Terri performed a moving dance in her wheel chair, all to her favourite song — Long Time Gone by the Dixie Chicks.
‘‘There wasn’t a dry eye in the house,’’ Ms King said.
‘‘Terri was happy and smiling and when we told her and her family of the figure raised, she literally was speechless.’’
Another emotional moment was when Terri’s aunt Libby West presented her with 1000 hand made paper cranes, which are synonymous with good luck.
‘‘We’d really like to extend special thanks to Terri’s mum Maureen, her sisters Krista Bevan and Marcia Pyle, her aunt Libby and cousin Emma Simpson — without their help, dedication and devotion we couldn’t have pulled it off,’’ Ms King said.
‘‘Terri’s such an inspirational woman — despite what she’s faced with, she’s always got a smile on her face.
‘‘We want to wish her well on her journey and once again give a massive thank you to everyone, including the numerous sponsors — the generosity is absolutely sensational.’’
Winners of the major prize raffles were: Maree Elphinstone (holiday to Merimbula), Meg Marsden (Soph E Photography pack), Shirley Ogilvie (wooden bowl and clock made by Craig Matheson) and Julie Thompson (drawing by Gerrie Carmichael).
TOP RIGHT: Sasha Wood, Janet Congram and Helen Armstrong.
RIGHT: Mulberry St Band members Kate Gowty, Veronica Braybon and Catherine Healy.
Eden Hercus gives Naomi Pryse a hand massage. Photos courtesy Anne Freestone.
Di Gray and Elise Price get their eyebrows done by Jacinta Tooke and Janelle Russell.