Fundraiser dinner dance for local mums

Member of the Stanthorpe Cancer Support Group Debbie-Ann and husband Brian Wilmot. Picture: SAMANTHA WANTLING

By Jess Baker

The Stanthorpe community has thrown its support behind two young mums as they navigate diagnoses, treatment, and living with health issues.

Debbie-Ann Wilmot, owner of boutique gift shop Gracious Giving and member of the Stanthorpe Cancer Support Group, has helped lead a number of events to raise funds for the families.

Next week, on Saturday 4 September, the support group will continue its efforts and host a dinner dance at the International Club Stanthorpe.

“We’re helping two families at the moment. One is a young 32-year-old mum with three kids under seven, who’s struggling with breast cancer,” Debbie-Ann said.

“The other is a young 25-year-old mum who’s had to have a heart transplant.

“So we’re doing a fundraiser specifically to help those two families through one of the most traumatic times in their lives.”

The dinner dance will include a two-course meal and music by local band Two Wheel Drive, formerly known as Reloaded.

“They have generously volunteered their time to support these beautiful young mums on their illness journeys,” Debbie-Ann said.

“And the Stanthorpe community are great. They always rally around.

“I’ve said to both these mums that we’ll walk the journey with them – we’ll help them through – and that’s what we’re doing; that’s what the dinner dance is for. To help them be able to be mums to their children and get better.”

Tickets to the dinner dance are $50 each and are available for purchase at Gracious Giving Stanthorpe.

“They can ring and book a table. There are still plenty of seats available,” Debbie-Ann said.

“It would be wonderful if people could get their friends and family together and maybe organise a group and come along and support a good cause.”

For more information, contact Gracious Giving at (07) 4681 4700 or visit the store at 24 Maryland St, Stanthorpe.