It was a day of elegant glamour and heart-warming laughter as more than 600 women gathered in the tiny town of Weengallon last Wednesday for a high tea like no other.
Once again the amazing Weengallon Pink Ladies Day committee exceeded all expectations by transforming their red ridge in the middle of nowhere into a luscious oasis of refinement for their annual breast cancer fundraiser.
“I can’t believe we have pulled off another Weengallon Pink Ladies Day,” coordinator Emma Montgomery said.
“It is the enthusiasm and inspiration of a talented group of locals who give so much of their time and themselves to create a fabulous and unforgettable day out for women.”
Initial figures suggest around $45,000 was raised which will go to a variety of breast and prostate cancer initiatives that support local patients.
After sipping champagne while shopping at luxury stores, the guests settled into to the Range Event Hire marquee for lunch and a day of many firsts.
Mark Bunn author of ‘Ancient Wisdom for Modern Health’ appeared as the first ever male guest speaker, delivering simple tips on how you can live a happier and healthier life.
Mr Bunn said it was wonderful to be part of such a beautiful day that so passionately promotes women’s health, an issue very close to his heart after losing his wife to breast cancer four years ago.
“I believe what we are missing in our world is community and connection,” he said.
“This day delivers exactly that which is very inspiring.”
Then the Rabobank Art Auction saw records broken and a few emotional tears with Bec Fing’s collage ‘Project Weengallon’, a collaborative effort representing 238 women from regional Australia who’ve been directly or indirectly affected by breast cancer, going under the hammer for $4,100.
It was bought by Kimberley Rodney of Goondiwindi for her mother Carol Champion in St George who is in the middle of her breast cancer treatment.
Prue Turnbull from Graincorp paid $900 for Kylie Drury’s painting ‘Beautiful Breakthrough’, Jane Rae paid $900 for Carolyn Ferguson’s work ‘Pink Sari’s’ and Elspeth Barker from Plash Creative paid $400 for the small prints by Rachel Castles.
The Weengallon Pink Whip donated by Chris and Joahn Rohan and Paula Moore was bought by Pauline Leonard from Raine and Horne Real Estate Goondiwindi for $1000.
In a passionate bidding war the Weengallon Perpetual Apron was sold for $2,100 to Michelle Klein from the Victoria Hotel in Goondiwindi.
Paula Moore from St George paid $600 for a committee apron and Sonya Morgan from Condamine snapped up the other one on offer for $450.
The final item of the auction was an incredible Tea Cup Cake by Sarah Timmins of Cakes Down Under which Bec Fing bought for $300.
In the marathon of raffles the Newport Apartment holiday at Mooloolaba was won by Courtney Geiger and Coleen Witt won the shopping spree at Panda Pearls.
Aitches Boutique Best Dressed went to Toni Bourke from Roma, while Amanda Smith from Dirranbandi won the McCartney and Creed Best Accessory prize.
In closing the day, Emma Montgomery told the crowd that 2019 will be the celebration of 20 years of Weengallon Pink Ladies Day and people should keep an eye on their website www.pinkladiesday.com for more details on the vicennial event next August.