Forbes Services Memorial Club hosted a Melbourne Cup luncheon this year with all proceeds from the activity benefitting the Forbes Breast Cancer Support Group. On Monday two of the groups representatives, Dianne Howarth and Denise Jelbart, were presented with a cheque for $1173.15 by event organisers, Raylene Paradowski and Lindy Sherritt. The money was raised through the sale of raffle tickets and a silent auction.
The Breast Cancer Support Group is an informal support group made up of breast cancer patients and survivors. The group meets on the second Saturday of each month at the Vandenburg Hotel for a casual lunch. The group does not hold meetings but provides friendship, support and helpful advice to people diagnosed or recovering from breast cancer and its treatments.
There are no membership fees and everyone is welcome. The group aims to keep people informed and provide practical help to allow cancer sufferers to maintain a sense of normality and make themselves available to listen and provide support. Raylene and Lindy were very pleased with the event and made special mention of Michael and Denise Jelbart who were regular raffle ticket sellers prior and during the event. They also wished to thank Jenny
Currey who was the MC for the afternoon, and even though it was her first time, did an exceptional job.
The Forbes Breast Cancer Support Group were most grateful for the donation of funds which will be used to improve the facilities at the Western Care Lodge giving patients having treatment access to self-care accommodation in Orange.