Race crowd ignores wet to remember Shanelle

Simon Hindmarsh and Grant McPherson enjoy a beer despite the rain.
Simon Hindmarsh and Grant McPherson enjoy a beer despite the rain. Leah White

WHILE rain meant the racing was cancelled, more than 500 people turned out at Lismore Turf Club on Saturday to celebrate the life of Shanelle Bull.

Ms Bull died in February while undergoing treatment for cancer, leaving behind her husband Jimmy and their two small children.

Friends had organised a memorial event to coincide with Saturday's race meeting and while the on-track action was washed out, the fundraising function went ahead as planned.

"I would really like to thank everyone who turned up," event organiser Tarlia Standing said.

"The first thing I put on Facebook on Saturday morning was 'the show must go on'."

Ms Standing said despite the rain the members area at the Lismore Racetrack was packed.

"It was just like Lismore Cup day. It was a real tribute," she said.

The day included a range of entertainment including live bands and a photo booth, as well as face painting and a kids club for children.

Ms Standing said the event had been a chance for Mr Bull to start to reconnect socially after the loss of his wife.

"There was lots of socialising, it was great day," she said.

Ms Standing said Ms Bull had been a big fan of racing and loved getting dressed up and going to the track where her parents work.

"She was considered one of the family," Ms Standing said.

Ms Standing said despite the wet weather the day had been a success and the money raised would be used to help Mr Bull and his family.

"We wanted to help out where we can," Ms Standing said.

"We can't take the pain away but we can make it easier for Jimmy to look after the children."

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