Elmore digs deep for cancer fundraiser

ABOUT 170 people attended a cancer fundraiser in Elmore at the weekend.

The event, A Pleasant Pink Sunday Arvo, was designed to raise money to enable former Elmore resident Christine Goode to participate in upcoming event the Weekend to End Women's Cancers.

"It was unbelievable," Ms Goode said.

"It was hot but about 170 people turned up.

"About $3300 was raised for the day and all together we raised about $5300."

The event was held to coincide with the relaunch of Elmore's Shamrock Hotel.

"There are 12 of us from St Arnaud walking 60 kilometres over two days," Ms Goode said.

"We each have to raise a minimum of $2000 to be able to walk - it's on March 1 and 2 and we will walk 30 kilometres each day."

Money from the walk will go to the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre.

"My mum was diagnosed with cancer back in October 2012 and I've had some friends with cancer and a few of us thought, yep, we'll get on board and we'll raise money," Ms Goode said.

"We've raised more than $24,000 and it was suggested I have something in my hometown.

"The support has been amazing."

Ms Goode said a small committee led by Elmore resident Brenda Jones had organised the event.

"There was music, raffles, an afternoon tea and people had the chance to catch up with friends," she said.

"Major donations were from The Elmore Machinery Field Days, Elmore Haulage, Elmore Medical Centre, St Anthonys Family Medical Practice and Elmore Field Days Community Catering, Jenharwill and VMG Accounting. 

"All money raised will go to the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre. Thanks to everyone for their support.

"All that’s needed to be done now is to walk the 60 kilometres on March 1 and 2."

If you're participating in The Weekend to End Women's Cancers email hannah.knight@fairfaxmedia.com.au

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