Beau­ti­ful day raises $18,000 for Terri

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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.

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