For most people, Australia Day is a great excuse to enjoy a “barbie” and a get-together with friends, but at Living Choice Fullarton, it’s also a good excuse to raise funds for Variety, the Children’s Charity. Besides, where else can you enjoy French champagne, red and white wine and an amazing breakfast for just $40?
Organised by fundraising supremo, Sue Pearce and her partner, Rod Watson, this year’s event raised more than $5,000 for children with special needs.
“Our thanks to the many sponsors, including Damien on Fisher, and the huge team of Living Choice residents, staff and entertainers who volunteered a huge amount of their personal time to work tirelessly to ensure this event ran smoothly,” said Sue.
Sue said they dodged torrential storms to have a dry and sunny day. “Almost everyone from outside the village has asked to be included next year. They really did love it, and so did I!”
On arrival at 8am, guests were greeted with champers and treated to a delicious breakfast of eggs, bacon, sausages, tomatoes and toast cooked by the famous Fullarton Men’s Shed team. Later, they tucked into pancakes with strawberries, donated by greengrocer Mark Jaud, husband of the village hairdresser Pierina, and prepared and cooked by The Ladies in Waiting!
This year’s entertainment included beautiful singing by the talented Heather Muggridge, granddaughter of Fullarton resident, Jean Muggridge. In addition to the National Anthem, Heather sang medleys of popular Aussie songs, including `Waltzing Matilda’, `I am Australian’ and `I still call Australia Home’. There were a few tears.
Resident Joan Butler recited the poems of iconic poet Dorothea Mackellar and Anglican Minister Rev John Stevenson entertained with some outback and bush anecdotes.
“Rod and I thank everyone most sincerely for their dedication and generosity in making this an outstanding event,” said Sue. “It was so enjoyable that many people have already booked tickets for next year!”
PHOTOS BY MICHAEL EDDY & DANNY SUMNER