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Scones, song and charity at Wandering Cuppa for Cancer

Daniel RooneyNarrogin Observer
Wandering Primary School students performing at Cuppa for Cancer.
Camera IconWandering Primary School students performing at Cuppa for Cancer. Credit: Daniel Rooney

The Wandering community came together at the Wandering Community Centre this week for the town’s Cuppa for Cancer morning.

The morning tea drew a good crowd.
Camera IconThe morning tea drew a good crowd. Credit: Daniel Rooney

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.

Sharon Lemmers.
Camera IconSharon Lemmers. Credit: Daniel Rooney

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“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.”

Scones, a country staple.
Camera IconScones, a country staple. Credit: Daniel Rooney

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.

Local produce and craft was on sale.
Camera IconLocal produce and craft was on sale. Credit: Daniel Rooney
Plenty of tea was on offer.
Camera IconPlenty of tea was on offer. Credit: Daniel Rooney

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.

Dirk Christ and Filicity Lowrie.
Camera IconDirk Christ and Filicity Lowrie. Credit: Daniel Rooney

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.

Lee Muller.
Camera IconLee Muller. Credit: Daniel Rooney

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.

Linda Barge and Jane Bowen.
Camera IconLinda Barge and Jane Bowen. Credit: Daniel Rooney

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.”

Traditional Australian treats.
Camera IconTraditional Australian treats. Credit: Daniel Rooney
A range of jams and preserves were available.
Camera IconA range of jams and preserves were available. Credit: Daniel Rooney
The sale of seedlings helped raised funds.
Camera IconThe sale of seedlings helped raised funds. Credit: Daniel Rooney

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