Corks stop pop­ping af­ter two decades

Ladies pack up mar­quee

The Western Star - - News - Ellen Rans­ley ellen.rans­[email protected]

HUN­DREDS of women will pack out one of the largest mar­quees in the south­ern hemi­sphere, in a town proud to be pink, for the last time next month.

Ween­gal­lon’s Cham­pagne Pink Ladies’ Day will have 700 women raise their glasses as the event cel­e­brates its 20th, and last, year on Au­gust 28.

A far cry from the 40 women who gathered in a tin shed in the red-ridge town in 2000 to raise money to buy clean­ing prod­ucts for their mo­bile kinder­garten, the event has quickly trans­formed into a ladies’ day out with breast can­cer at its’ core.

Co-or­di­na­tor Emma Mont­gomery said this year’s WPLD would serve up a day of shop­ping, lunch and laugh­ter, with even more ta­bles and sup­port­ing in­fra­struc­ture added to ac­com­mo­date the ever-grow­ing suc­cess of the event.

“Every year, Ween­gal­lon Pink Ladies’ Day nour­ishes the soul by bring­ing beau­ti­ful strong women to­gether and cre­at­ing a day of en­ergy, joy and sparkle that cel­e­brates all that is good in life,” she said.

“We are lov­ing our cham­pagne theme this year, which pro­vides the per­fect opportunit­y for friends to pop some bub­ble and toast Ween­gal­lon’s amaz­ing mile­stone.

“This year’s WPLD will also chal­lenge the public fo­cus on early breast can­cer and fight­ing and win­ning the bat­tle by ask­ing: what if you knew you couldn’t win?”

Leanne Mur­phy’ from Crows Nest, who has been liv­ing with ad­vanced breast can­cer for three years, will be in at­ten­dance as the guest speaker and throw the need for fund-rais­ing into the spot­light.

“WPLD has seen the em­ploy­ment of breast can­cer nurses in St George and Goondi­windi, the pro­vi­sion of free ac­com­mo­da­tion for can­cer pa­tients through the Olive McMa­hon, as well as fund­ing BPCAQ tar­geted grants for lo­cal pa­tients,” Ms Mont­gomery said.

“To com­mem­o­rate the 20th year and all that Ween­gal­lon means to so many, Christina Duddy from The Di­a­mond Hunter, has com­mis­sioned and do­nated a $5000 pink mor­gan­ite and di­a­mond dress ring as a spe­cial premium raf­fle prize.”

The ladies’ day will also mark the mile­stone of Gabi Pechey’s 21st birth­day, one of the three daugh­ters of the late Ja­nine Pechey, who lost her bat­tle to breast can­cer in March last year.

“For us at­tend­ing Ween­gal­lon last year for the first time was in­cred­i­bly spe­cial and bit­ter sweet,” Miss Pechey said.

“This day is a true tes­ta­ment to the hard work­ing com­mit­tee and our gen­er­ous com­mu­nity.”

Tick­ets go on sale on Mon­day, July 22, through ww.pin­kladies­day.com.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

THINK PINK: Erin, Gabi, and Alex Pechey at­tended their first WPLD last year with Jen McCor­mack, Fiona Hill and Odette Heitz­mann from Glen­mor­gan.

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