WINNING COMBINATION: Heartfelt House director Vicki Hamilton (left) and Shirley Cochran dressed the part at yesterday?s Heartfe
WINNING COMBINATION: Heartfelt House director Vicki Hamilton (left) and Shirley Cochran dressed the part at yesterday?s Heartfe

Vicki?s charity the big winner

By SAMANTHA TURNBULL

VICKI HAMILTON may have been dressed like a jockey yesterday, but horse racing was the last thing on her mind.

The director of Alstonville's Heartfelt House, a support organisation for adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse, was too busy entertaining the crowd at a Melbourne Cup charity luncheon at Wollongbar's Bellowing Bull.

"I don't think anyone won big on the racing," she said.

"Everyone seemed more interested in the chocolate wheel and the best hat competition!"

The luncheon was one of many charity events throughout the region yesterday, but the first for Heartfelt House which has existed for just three months. "It was a good opportunity to reach a part of society we hadn't already," Ms Hamilton said.

"By having a Melbourne Cup luncheon we are taking the idea of sex abuse out of the closet so it is something people can talk about in the same way they talk about other issues like childhood illness."

Heartfelt House is in the grounds of the Summerland House With No Steps, Wardell Road, Alstonville. The two organisations are not linked.



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