Community rallies over cancer cause
By EMMA O'NEILL
WHEN Lorraine Allsopp found out her friend Jolene Marsh had cervical cancer she couldn't sleep.
She stayed awake texting a friend about ways they could help their friend and her family. It was Jolene's 31st birthday that day and Jolene had recently given birth to her eighth child.
Lorraine decided that night to organise a fundraiser for the family and had no trouble finding people to volunteer for yesterday's Marsh Family Father's Day Music Fest in Kyogle.
Hundreds turned out to support the family and enjoy the day. Jolene arrived at the event in the afternoon and received lots of hugs from well wishers and family members. Her mum, Patsy Negus was impressed by the turnout and said Jolene had been really excited about the day.
Local musicians played for free, a local school provided fairy floss and even a clown donated his time to entertain kids. A volunteer at Kyogle Youth Action, Muranda Goodsell, was serving at the tuckshop yesterday and said Jolene's family had given so much to the local community that this was a way for everyone to give back. Jolene's uncle, Billy Walker, said the day was also a great opportunity for the community to come together.
Member of the Kyogle Local Reconciliation Group, Ruth Haige, was manning the front entrance to the event and said a lot people had signed the petition to speed up Lismore's radiology unit as they arrived. Free blood pressure checks and health information was also provided and Jolene's mum, Patsy Negus, urged people to seek medical attention if worried about anything.