GUNNEDAH Evening VIEW Club members celebrated their 29th birthday dressing in pink as a salute to the Pinking Up Gunnedah campaign for the McGrath Foundation.
Special guests Laurieanne Boag and Jo Smith came along to talk about the wonderful program of events under way in Gunnedah, outlining the many fun ways the community has come on board to raise funds for a McGrath Foundation Breastcare Nurse in the region and the importance of having regular checks .
The charity was founded by Australian cricketer Glenn McGrath and his wife Jane in 2005, following Jane's initial diagnosis and recovery from breast cancer. Jane lost her battle with cancer on June 22, 2008, at the age of 42, however her enthusiasm for the program never faltered.
The beautiful pink birthday cake, made by Anne Finnigan, was cut by long-serving club member Deirdre Andren who was announced as the recipient of the prestigious "Making A Difference" award at the National VIEW Convention on the Sunshine Coast last month.
The award recognises the contribution of a member in spreading VIEW's values and guiding principles in the club and the wider community.
Deirdre has held executive positions in the club for many years and has always been a welcoming and supportive member, engaged in fund-raising for The Smith Family Learning for Life students.
She has also shared her gifts in the wider community, through disability support, the Catholic Women's League and St Joseph's Parish - as well as her family.
The club is grateful to The Greater Bank Gunnedah for its donation of $1000 through the community funding scheme, where regional organisations can share in $5000 chosen by community votes each month.
Adrienne Stubbs presented an interesting overview of the VIEW National Convention on the Sunshine Coast last month, where 650 women from across Australia gathered for a celebration of Voice Interests and Education of Women.
Inspiring guest speakers, a grateful Learning for Life student, who is about to graduate, and fun gala evenings, were wrapped around the bi-annual elections of the national executive.
The club has sent congratulations to former member Beryl Pike who was elected national vice-president after serving as the zone national councillor for two years.
The next meeting will embrace the Melbourne Cup celebration with members invited to wear their finest racing outfits, along with a hat or fascinator.
The dinner will be held at Gunnedah Services and Bowling Club auditorium, on Wednesday, November 6, at 6.30pm, for 7pm.
Apologies and names of guests should be phoned Kate on 6742 3926 by the Monday night prior to the meeting. Competition donors are Beryl Schillert (raffle), Marie Hobson (lucky door).