June Lawrence and other local women dress in shades of purple for Lavender Week.
June Lawrence and other local women dress in shades of purple for Lavender Week.

Residents turn up to support cause

SHADES of purple dominated the Senior Citizens hall yesterday morning when more than 140

people came to raise money for the Leukaemia Foundation as a part of Lavender Week.

Leukemia survivor Dennis King was there supporting the cause which helped him through his own battle with blood cancer.

Mr King said he was initially diagnosed 13 years ago, relapsing last year.

He spent three months in Brisbane receiving treatment, made possible only by free accommodation provided by the Leukaemia Foundation.

“We got put up in a

motel which was subsidised until we got permanent accommodation,” he said.

“Any opportunity to raise the profile of the foundation is great, because without money we couldn’t do what we do.

“Last year when I was having chemo, I didn’t work for four or five months, so to not have to pay accommodation costs was a major thing.”

He said the service was even more important for people from regional communities.

“You have no warning and you just have to uproot your life in one day,” Mr King said.

“And with all of the things you have to worry about what the family is going through, to not have to worry about accommodation is a great.

“But it’s not just the accommodation; it’s the support and guidance.”

Also out celebrating the fundraising week was June Lawrence, who loves all things lavender.

She went in her best purple attire for and was awarded with the best-dressed title.

Mrs Lawrence said she had always supported the charity.



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