INSPIRED by her mother-in-law’s long but ultimately fruitless battle with cancer, a Leeming mum is determined to raise as much money as possible for the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research.
With the help of friends Melanie Hocking and Zoe Pantaleo in team Pretty Tough, Suzanne Bailey is preparing to tackle the Hawaiian Walk for Women’s Cancer in May – but first the trio have some serious fundraising planned.
The centrepiece of their efforts is a Sunset Market for Cancer Research taking place at the Leeming Bowling Club on Sunday, February 12.
Boasting over 30 stallholders selling everything from plants and terrariums to candles, essential oils, jewellery, women’s clothing and origami art, Mrs Bailey said there was something on offer for everyone.
“A lot of the goods sold on the day are homemade and handmade and one of the women who is selling vinyl art is a 20-year-survivor of breast cancer herself,” she said.
Leeming Bowling Club has provided the venue free of charge and every cent of the $10 admission and stallholder fees will be donated to team Pretty Tough, which has already raised close to $6000 through the sale of gingerbread men, a Bunnings sausage sizzle and personal donations.
“After saying goodbye to my mother-in-law Norma Bailey after her 12-year battle with breast, bone and lung cancer I decided I needed to do something,” Mrs Bailey said.
“This year also marks 15 years since my mum Annette Marshall was diagnosed with breast cancer and she is now thankfully cancer free.”
The indoor, fully air-conditioned market also includes a lucky door prize and a number of raffles throughout the day.
Tickets can be purchased at the door, or in advance here https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/sunset-market-for-cancer-research-tickets-31479711665?aff=efbevent.
Direct donations can be made here https://hawaiian-walk.everydayhero.com/au/pretty-tough
What: Sunset Market for Cancer
Where: Leeming Bowling Club
When: February 12, 3pm to 8pm
Tickets: $10 at the door