Melbourne Cup festivities raise money for Can Assist Guyra

FASCINATING FEMALES IN FASCINATORS: Fashionably dressed locals at Guyra's Melbourne Cup lunch. Photo supplied by Rachel Murphy.
FASCINATING FEMALES IN FASCINATORS: Fashionably dressed locals at Guyra's Melbourne Cup lunch. Photo supplied by Rachel Murphy.

The nation came to a stop on Tuesday afternoon. When the horses had galloped down the track and the dust had cleared, some punters toasted their victories in champagne, while others wished they hadn't bet their shirt on the beast that came last.

For Can Assist Guyra, however, the day is their major fundraiser for the year.

A golf match and a fashion parade at the Guyra Bowling and Recreation Club raised nearly $2000 for local cancer patients and their families.

The money will be used to help them with the burden of cancer treatment, Guyra branch president Wendy Jackson said: accommodation, transport to major centres, and paying pharmaceutical bills.

"The whole Guyra community are always great supporters of any events that we run, and it's really appreciated," Ms Jackson said. "We're raising money locally, and we're spending it locally."

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The Guyra Veterans Golf Committe ran a two-man ambrose and a barbecue lunch; all proceeds went to Can Assist.

Ninety-one people came to the two-course lunch and fashion parade at the Bowling Club. Rachel Murphy, from the Armidale Noni B store, brought up fashions to display; she also gave the women at the lunch a discount offer at the store until Friday.

Three local businesses - Kirk's IGA Guyra, Guyra Fuels, and Black Mountain Nursery - sponsored a major raffle. "They're doing it pretty tough at the moment, so that was very kind of them," Ms Jackson said.

Ms Jackson thanked the Guyra Bowling Club and staff, Guyra Veterans Golf Committee, and Rachel Murphy for their support.

Can Assist are also running meat raffles at the Royal Hotel on the first Friday of every month to raise funds. Ms Jackson thanked Naomi and Shane Davidson for their offer.