Residents turned out in full force and in full purple for the annual Purple Weekend.May 21, 2014 3:01am
Another year and another hugely successful Purple Weekend has been organised in Kyabram.
More than 50 stores in Kyabram and district got involved in the event this year with Kyabram’s central business district radiating purple as people got into the spirit and helped support a good cause.
Money tins, purple balloons, special cakes and pastries, chocolates, sausage sizzles and more were on offer across the town, with all proceeds going towards The Gift.
The Gift is a not-for-profit organisation that helps support families of loved ones suffering from cancer, including helping them buy groceries, travel expenses and counselling services.
The Gift founder and Blue Brick Hotel owner Liz Dillon said she was overwhelmed with the support this year and that the event just kept getting bigger and better.
‘‘The town likes to get behind their own and they can see that the money will stay in Kyabram to support those with cancer,’’ she said.
‘‘It is so much needed and at this time just too many going through this bloody cancer journey.’’
The Blue Brick Hotel raised $1600 and Kyabram Football Netball Club raised more than $1500 for its special event football match.
The football club hosted a barbecue and had a special purple balloon release to represent those with loved ones suffering cancer or who have died.
‘‘The balloon release was so emotional, it was crazy,’’ Mrs Dillon said.
‘‘We had about 30 to 40 people on the oval releasing them and it was such an emotional and symbolic time that it took a lot of people by surprise.’’
For the second straight year, Purple Weekend also had residents participating in a garage sale with house owners choosing what percentage, if any, of their profits went to The Gift.
Twenty-eight houses in Kyabram took part in the sale and Mrs Dillon said more than 200 people visited her own garage, most from out of town, while two houses involved in the sale donated all their proceeds to the cause.
‘‘I just want to give a massive thank you to the community for supporting something they believe in,’’ Mrs Dillon said.
‘‘There are so many people in our town, and more who we don’t know about, that need support.’’
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