Festival funding for Can Assist

Mini Nunn applying henna to the hands of Gemma Blundell at the festival. Henna is a naturallyoccuring dye that can be used on the skin and hair.

The Mind Body and Soul Festival over the weekend was a chance for Narrandera residents to learn a thing or two, get some Christmas shopping done and raise money for Can Assist at the same time.

Speaking on Sunday, Nicole Rowley, the festival’s organiser, said that she was happy with how the festival went.

“By yesterday, we already had $550 in the kitty for Can Assist, so there’ll be more today. That does cover a CT scan for someone with cancer, so I’m only too happy to give back there.

“We’ve had a great day yesterday, every time I looked up there was someone at everyone’s stall.”

While the Sunday was a little slower, Ms Rowley said there were still people coming through the door.

“On the whole we’ve had a great time. Sometimes the Sundays are more about us having a catch up. But there’s church and all that on Sunday mornings, usually by lunchtime it starts kicking off again.”

The weekend’s takings have already been donated to Can Assist.

“The amount of money raised at the weekend for Can Assist Narrandera was $773.90. Thank you to everyone involved,” said Neta Close, president of the Narrandera chapter of Can Assist.

Can Assist provide financial assistance, accommodation and support to people suffering from cancer, particularly those in regional areas. According to Mrs Close, Can Assist can sometimes spend up to $10,000 a month helping people access services and treatment.

It’s a service Ms Rowley has used in the past, and now she is determined to give back to the people who helped her.

“It’s the third one now that I’ve done here, but it will be a yearly event, we’ll continue that way. It’s good. I love Narrandera, it’s my home town. So it’s great to catch up with everybody that comes in.”

Ms Rowley has also organised other Mind Body and Soul festivals around the state, although she always makes sure to run them in towns with a local chapter of Can Assist. That said, there’s always more to it than just fundraising and stalls.

“Everyone who walks in that door walks out inspired, ready to live life again. That’s why we’re here.”

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