Jocelyn Freeman serves desert at the Weengallon Pink Ladies Day last week.
Jocelyn Freeman serves desert at the Weengallon Pink Ladies Day last week. Peter Carruthers

Sleepy Weengallon comes alive for Pink Ladies Day

MORE than 600 women overcame the tyranny of distance to arrive at the Weengallon Hall for the annual Pink Ladies Day last week.

Some had travelled for two days, others an hour, all were wearing pink in some form and all came prepared to dig deep to support the St George Hospital's Breast Care Nurse, Lana Russell and Olive McMahon Lodge.

From humble beginnings, barely filling the Weengallon Hall in 2000, the event has grown to become the social highlight of the year for women of the bush, while at the same time making a real difference for cancer sufferers and their families.

The Olive McMahon Lodge in Toowoomba  provides free accommodation for cancer patients - and each year receives a portion of the $30, 000 usually raised through the generous support of women across the state.

For supporters of the event coming from the coast the isolation of Weengallon gave them a taste of what everyday life is like for women living in the bush.

This year the isolated location not only provided a challenge for the organisers.

It caused problems for ABC radio, which had plans to broadcast live from Weengallon.

Presenter Kelly Higgins-Devine said the non-existent internet connection meant the show had to be recorded and up-loaded from Goondiwindi on the way back to Brisbane.

MC of the day, Sally Rigney welcomed the crowd into the huge marquee and the Best Dressed in Pink winner was announced.

Guest speaker, Dr Sally Johnstone then delivered her address.

There was not a dry eye in the house as Dr Johnstone expressed the pain and heartache she endured during her personal battle with breast cancer.

President of the Pink Ladies Day committee for the third year Janene Bowman was overwhelmed with the support for the day.

"Again another amazing year, the support that has come today is amazing," she said.

Ms Bowman attributed the growth of and popularity of Pink Ladies Day to the organizing committee.

"The girls are all local and the ladies put 110% in. We have a great kitchen team that work tirelessly."

Pam Sullivan this year out bid all to claim the right to be immortalised in Pink Ladies Day history.

She spent $700 to have her name embroided on an apron, which every year has the winning donor's name added to it.

The Pink Ladies Day cannot promise to be bigger next year, as it is as big as it can get, Ms Bowman said.

It can however promise to try and raise more money for local people in need after a cancer diagnosis.


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