PINK AND PRETTY: Sarah Rathmell and Leanne Stewart preparing for the Dalby Learning Tree fundraiser.
PINK AND PRETTY: Sarah Rathmell and Leanne Stewart preparing for the Dalby Learning Tree fundraiser. Michael Doyle

Child care fundraiser for the Breast Cancer Foundation

WHEN one of the members of the Dalby Learning Tree was going through a difficult time, the idea for a fundraiser was born.

An evening of entertainment and fun will be hosted at the Dalby child care centre on Saturday, focused on raising money and awareness for breast cancer.

Food, drink and live music are just some of the reasons to attend the event.

Titled Pretty in Pink Under the Tree, the night will be hosted in the garden of the centre, underneath the one jacaranda tree.

For the Learning Tree's Leanne Stewart the evening is focused on women coming together for an important cause.

"All proceeds form our event will go towards the Breast Cancer Foundation, who we have signed up with,” she said.

"It is important to us because we are in an industry which is all about children and their mothers.

"When we see a member of our family struggle, we want to help in some way.”

The idea for the event arose after Dalby mother Sarah Wenham enrolled her four children at the centre so she could attend breast cancer treatment in Toowoomba.

GRATEFUL: Sarah Wenham with two of her children Annie and Katie, ahead of Saturday's fundraiser.
GRATEFUL: Sarah Wenham with two of her children Annie and Katie, ahead of Saturday's fundraiser. Michael Doyle

Ms Wenham said the support she received had been overwhelming.

"I think the evening is a beautiful idea and a wonderful gesture,” she said.

"They have been so helpful and are like another family for my children.”

Those who attend Saturday night are encouraged to wear pink, and offer what they can for the cause.

There have been multiple donations made by businesses in the region, with items to be auctioned off on the evening.

Mrs Wenham will be at the event and has written a document about her experience with breast cancer, which she is still being treated for.

She said if there was one thing she could tell every person who attended tomorrow, it would be to get yourself regularly checked by the doctor.

The evening will be held at the Learning Tree centre, on Bunya St, Dalby, and admission will be $5 a person, which includes a glass of wine.

The fundraiser will begin at 6pm, and is expected to finish at 8.30pm.


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