Scones, song and charity at Wandering Cuppa for Cancer
The Wandering community came together at the Wandering Community Centre this week for the town’s Cuppa for Cancer morning.
Co-ordinated by Jane Bowen, Linda Barge and Sharon Lemmers, the May 10 event followed on from other charitable events held in the town, which included a bubble-wrap roll fundraiser at the Wandering Tavern in March.
“Our goal in the beginning was to raise $1000,” Ms Barge said.
“We soon achieved and exceeded it, so we raised the bar a bit higher. We raised $2500 through the bubble wrap roll and we’ve now raised around $4000, which is amazing for a town our size.”
At the community centre, a variety of sweets and savouries were on offer while people enjoyed a chat and a cuppa in the wood-fire heated space.
A range of local crafts and preserves were on sale and a raffle featuring 16 donated prizes was held.
“We started this journey back in March, kicking it off with the very successful bubble wrap.” Ms Bowen said.
Wandering Primary School students delighted the crowd with a performance of In a Little Wheatbelt Town.
The song celebrates life in Wandering and was written three years ago by Dirk Christ.
It has become the town’s anthem and school children have added their own touches, such as hand claps and actions.
At the conclusion of the song, a surprise presentation took place, with retired school bus driver Lee Muller receiving a special letter of commendation and a silver medal for her 20 years of service.
“It was a pleasure to have worked for the school for so long.” Ms Muller said.
By the end of the day the community had added another $2000 to the funds previously raised.
Ms Bowen is looking forward to doing it all again in 2024.
“It’s been nerve-racking; we’ve had lots of help and without everyone’s help it couldn’t have happened,” she said.
“It’s been terrific and I can’t wait until next year.”
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