Race day for daughter of the Northern Rivers
THE Lismore Turf Club will come alive this weekend with a one-off race day dedicated to a very special daughter of the Northern Rivers.
The memory of Shanelle Bull, who passed away in February after a short battle with cancer, will be celebrated in a day befitting the woman.
Her close friends - which are many - said the mum of two would be "stoked" to have a race day held in her honour.
"Shanelle loved any race day and any excuse to really dress up and head out to the races with the girls," event organiser Tarlia Standing said.
"She always had a hand in the preparation of many ladies for the races, too."
Shanelle's husband Jimmy Bull said the Lismore races were "always an event we'd go to, she just loved being here".
All proceeds from Saturday's event will go towards Shanelle's family - which alongside Jimmy include the couple's children Braxton, 4, and Halle, four months.
Ms Standing said the community support for the event so far had been huge, with "Lismore Cup numbers" of upwards of 2000 people expected and people coming from all over the Northern Rivers and further afield from the Sunshine to Central coasts.
"There's not one person I've spoken to who is not coming," she said.
Local real estate agent Katrina Beohm went to school with Shanelle and said the family was "near and dear" to her.
"Shanelle was one of my closest girl friends at high school since Year 7 and she was my hairdresser for the last 15 years," she said.
"It is an honour and privilege to be one of the sponsors of the event."
No stopping Shanelle's day
The event will run - rain, hail or shine - thanks to a large marquee provided by local business Events Party Hire.
There is also plenty of entertainment for kids on offer, with face-painting, a jumping castle, and a kids' club for pre-school kids and older.
Local band Loose Ends will be providing a soundtrack for the day, and a there will be a big raffle with prizes donated by local businesses and families.
A touching tribute to Shanelle, who was diagnosed with stage four melanoma cancer in January, described her as a "brave and kind woman" who "had the most inspiring and positive attitude".
During her illness, "not only did she put her family first in every aspect of her life, but she continued to wholeheartedly encourage us all throughout this journey".
Ms Standing said the race day was a fitting way to honour Shanelle's memory.
"She would love that she has brought all the people from every aspect of her life together to celebrate and remember her," she said.
LISMORE RACE DAY
- The all-weather, six-race event starts at 11.30am
- Full bar, catering and TAB facilities
- $10 entry, with all proceeds going to Shanelle's family