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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2019 Week 11 Hansard (Thursday, 26 September 2019) . . Page.. 4000 ..


highly inspiring and commendable. It is important that we encourage inspired community events and organisations like Fun Canberra to continue the work that they are doing and thank them for increasing the vibrancy and acceptance of diversity in our community. I would also like to thank the many sponsors for their support. I would like to sincerely thank them for the work that they do. I look forward to attending the Canberra Moon Festival with my family for many years to come.

HeadsUp—fundraising event

MS CHEYNE (Ginninderra) (4.02): I want to put on the record the existence and the creation of the HeadsUp Charity Market Fair, which was held last Saturday from 11 am until 3 pm at the St James Anglican Church in Holt. The purpose of this market was to raise funds for local Canberra charity HeadsUp. HeadsUp is a not-for-profit service. It is run by trained volunteers for women who have lost their hair from the effects of chemotherapy, alopecia or surgery. Not only do they sell wigs, hats, scarves and other beautiful headwear and accessories; they are the place that women turn to when they need help with hair loss, as well as those who might have hair and have some questions about how to manage it.

This market was put together by Beth Lefevre, who you might remember I spoke about in detail last week when we were discussing the fertility preservation clinic for patients of a reproductive age who may have cancer. HeadsUp was one of the first charities to support Beth in more than just headwear when she was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 33. It was an absolute pleasure not only to spend some time with Beth at the fair but also to meet the many volunteers behind HeadsUp who have done an extraordinary job in supporting women through a very difficult time, on top of what else they might be going through with any diagnosis.

There were quite a variety of local business market stalls there. As well as paintings, there was a fantastic raffle with a huge number of prizes, which I believe were donated from organisations such as the Walk In Aviary, the National Dinosaur Museum, Astral Float Studio, Clonakilla wines, Capital Brewing Co, Cockington Green, the Canberra Southern Cross Club, Handmade by Lesley, the Riddle Room, Adore Tea, the Caremore Pharmacy in Kippax, the Wombat Den, Essen’s Gem, Questacon and more.

It was fantastic to see all of these organisations come on board in donating these raffle prizes. It was also fantastic to see Bosom Buddies there with a presence. They had some latex breasts that you could touch to work out whether a breast may have a cancer in it or not, so that women and men who are doing their own checks at home could have an understanding of the different types and the different ways that cancers can appear within the breast and what are the signs to look for.

Bosom Buddies also hosted a raffle. They raffled off a lovely pink woollen blanket, donated by the National Arboretum. I was very pleased to win that raffle. Unfortunately, the jumping castle was cancelled due to the rain, but there were plenty of kids’ activities. There was a mock riddle room made up for the kids, there was a barbecue lunch, a devonshire tea and a variety of other games and activities for everybody. All of the money raised went to HeadsUp in Kippax.


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