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Woodenbong Yowie Ball raises funds for cancer sufferer

NIGHT OF NIGHTS: Yowie Ball organiser Emma McMillan, Yowie 1, Kylie Lawrence, Ruby Honan, Yowie 2 and co-organiser Brooke Osbrough at Saturday night’s ball which raised more than $2500 for cancer sufferer Kylie.
NIGHT OF NIGHTS: Yowie Ball organiser Emma McMillan, Yowie 1, Kylie Lawrence, Ruby Honan, Yowie 2 and co-organiser Brooke Osbrough at Saturday night’s ball which raised more than $2500 for cancer sufferer Kylie. Rodney Stevens

WOODENBONG locals opened their hearts and their wallets at Saturday's annual Yowie Ball raising more than $2500 for local cancer sufferer and mother-of-two Kylie Lawrence.

Organiser Emma McMillan said 130 people let their hair down and grooved the night away to Lismore band Mossy Rocks.

After great memories of previous balls when she was younger, Ms McMillan said she and her sister Brooke Osbrough decided to revive the tradition.

"The Yowie Ball used to be a Woodenbong tradition that they started about 30 years ago," she said. "We've run it for the past five years, but before that Woodenbong hadn't had one for about 10 years.

"Woodenbong doesn't have a lot of things on so we thought it was a good excuse for locals to have a bit of fun and get dressed up to revive the tradition."

Folk from outlying towns including Urbenville, Kyogle and from as far away as Brisbane bought their own food and drinks to the ball's traditional home, Woodenbong Hall.

"We've always donated the money to a cause; so the first couple of years we donated back to the hall committee because they were struggling, then a couple of years ago it was to a local guy who had brain cancer, and this year we chose to donate to Kylie," Ms McMillan said.

Chief fundraiser Ruby Honan made donation tins to put at local businesses, with generous locals donating $1450 in cash and vouchers.

Ms McMillan said they were determined to hold the Yowie Ball in 2016.

Topics:  cancer lismore northern rivers woodenbong



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