Christmas celebration raises funds for Great Lakes Women’s Shelter

Rod and Margaret King get into the festive spirit.
Rod and Margaret King get into the festive spirit.

 

THE hall was decked and the guests were jolly at a Christmas in July celebration held at Bulahdelah Bowling Club last weekend.

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Revelers enjoyed the festive spirit as they merrily mingled amongst the Christmas trees and tables laden with baubles, bonbons and tinsel.

The Good Ol’ Rock n Roll band had the crowd on their feet, ensuring the dance floor jingled all the way.

But the event was much more than just a festive celebration, with the Bulahdelah community turning out in force to raise some much-needed funds for the Great Lakes Women’s Shelter (GLWS).

Russell and Maree Richards said they attended the event to have a great night out and support the initiative.

“It is a good fundraiser for a good cause, and something so important for the community,” Russell said.

“It was a fun night, the food and band were great, and it was good to enjoy the company of other community members.”

The GLWS has been open for two years and provides support for women escaping domestic violence and abuse.

Event co-organiser and band member, John Coles, said GLWS has two refuges which constantly run at capacity.

“The shelter takes in women from across the entire Great Lakes region, which is why we hold fundraising events throughout the area,” he said.

“The facility allows women to bring their children with them where they can stay in safety for as long as they need.”

John said they enjoy the Bulahdelah Christmas in July function as the Bowling Club “always goes the extra mile”.

“They can’t do enough for us,” he said.

The next fundraiser for the shelter will be held at Hawks Nest Golf Club on Saturday 29 July.

 

Kath and Allan Freihaut enjoy the Christmas cheer.
Kath and Allan Freihaut enjoy the Christmas cheer.

 

Good Ol’ Rock and Roll Band: John Coles and Lynda Nielsen with Ashley and Mick Sherry.
Good Ol’ Rock and Roll Band: John Coles and Lynda Nielsen with Ashley and Mick Sherry.

 

Christmas in July: Russell and Maree Richards enjoy the evening.
Christmas in July: Russell and Maree Richards enjoy the evening.

 

Christmas Drinks: Sue Malone and Lexi Gregory.
Christmas Drinks: Sue Malone and Lexi Gregory.

 

Sheree Robards, who decorated the auditorium for the festivities, with her husband Allan
Sheree Robards, who decorated the auditorium for the festivities, with her husband Allan

 

Festive Spirit: Judy White, Penny Bonner and Kathy Johns.
Festive Spirit: Judy White, Penny Bonner and Kathy Johns.

 

Christmas in July: Henry and Kathy Johns with Penny Bonner.
Christmas in July: Henry and Kathy Johns with Penny Bonner.

 

Christmas Cheer: Henry Johns, Bob Bonner and Glenn Speed.
Christmas Cheer: Henry Johns, Bob Bonner and Glenn Speed.

 

Jeff and Trudy Graham enjoy the Christmas celebration.
Jeff and Trudy Graham enjoy the Christmas celebration.

 

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