$65,000 — Now that a Girl’s Night Out

By Riverine Herald

AN ECHUCA-MOAMA cancer charity has smashed its fundraising goal by $15,000.

The Echuca-Moama Girls Night Out Lazy Sunday Afternoon attracted 300 women and raised $65,000.

GNO chair Leonie Canham said she was blown away after smashing its $50,000 target and all previous records; taking its fundraising tally for the GNO Supportive Care Fund at Echuca Regional Health oncology to more than $330,000.

‘‘We’re seriously lost for words,’’ she said.

‘‘Echuca-Moama punches well above its weight when it comes to hosting and supporting charities and fundraisers. So much so in fact that when our charity hit its 11th year back in January and started planning an ambitious campaign to raise $50,000, we seriously wondered whether our amazing village of businesses and supporters might be too burnt out to show up for another event. We should never have doubted them.

‘‘Three hundred extraordinary women and more than 60 local businesses answered our call to arms and came running, as they always do, and we sold out in record time.’’

Mrs Canham said it was extraordinarily humbling to host another sell-out event.

‘‘It speaks volumes about the generous heart of our community,’’ she said.

‘‘An enormous amount of time and energy goes into staging these events, but for each of us on the committee it truly is a labor of love.

‘‘We feel so privileged to be part of the GNO initiative and are overwhelmed that our community has taken this cause, which means so much to us, so deeply into their hearts.’’

All proceeds will go directly to the GNO Supportive Care Fund which was established in partnership with ERH to provide meaningful assistance to cancer patients.

‘‘Those funds are used for things like wigs, counselling, lymphodeama garments, alternative therapies, lymphatic massage, fuel cards, rent payments, accommodation, home care and child care,’’ Mrs Canham said.

Since 2008, more than 550 local families have received support from the fund during that time to help cover the hidden costs of their cancer treatment.

‘‘This outstanding result would not have been possible without the incredibly generous support of the local business community and to that end we extend our heartfelt thanks,’’ Mrs Canham said.

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