Mandurah: Red Hat Ladies parade in park


The Red Hat ladies on the Big Toot tourist train.
The Red Hat ladies on the Big Toot tourist train.

GROWNUPS in red hats became children for a day when they piled onto the Big Toot Tourist Train to travel around Mandurah.

More than 60 Red Hatters from throughout Perth and Mandurah paraded along the eastern foreshore to the Mandurah Tourist Centre before boarding the train.

The aim of the event was to promote Red Hatting, bring business into Mandurah and raise funds for Alzheimers.

Although the Red Hat Society was not set up as a fundraising group, many do, according to Red Hatter Susan Parker, Queen of the Mandurah Dolphinettes.

Mrs Parker said Alzheimer’s was now the second cause of death in women and the parade was timely, as it preceded International Women’s Day.

The parade was also joined by Mandurah MLA David Templeman and City councillor Jane Field.

The Red Hat Society is an international organisation originally founded in the US in 1998 for women over 50, but now caters for women of all ages.

It connects, supports and encourages women in the pursuit of fun, friendship, freedom, fulfilment and fitness in the quest to get the most out of life and there are now more than 20,000 chapters in the US and 30 other countries.

There are several chapters in the Mandurah area.