When Guy Turner lost his mum, Joan Bullen to Pancreatic cancer, he and his family decided to honour her by raising awareness and funds to fund research into the disease.
They decided to hold a Show and Shine and call the event ‘Joan’s Wish’ in honour of her wish to find a cure for Pancreatic cancer.
On Saturday, November 3, Mr Turner held the inaugural ‘Joan’s Wish Show and Shine’ and the outcome was amazing.
Along the way, the Turner family heard about 5 year old Annabelle Potts’ fight to beat Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG) and decided to incorporate a world ‘Lemon Face Challenge’ into the day’s proceedings.
“I am blown away by the amount of support we received from the community.” Mr Turner said. “We had about 500 people through the gate, and for a first-time event, that is fantastic.”
One of the attractions on the day was a fly-by from Kidman Aviation. Proprietor Michael De Paris said he was very happy to support the day.
“ These two causes need awareness and medical research done. We are more than happy to help out in any way we can.” Mr De Paris said.
“Next year, we hope to be able to let the kids get up close to the plane, so they can climb on it and see what it is all about. And we will definitely be doing another fly over.”
Mr Turner said the event raised approximately $5000, which will be donated to Pan Care.
“We have so many local companies who sponsored the day; Harden Rotary Club, who cooked the barbeque, Harden Bearings, Criterion Hotel in Young, AA Ace Entertainment, The Harden Motel, Harden Tyre Service, Argyle Meats, Gundalong Polo Club for the use of their facilities, Bega Motorcycle Expo, The Mongrel Race Team, Kidman Aviation, Argyle Food Pastoral, The Harden Express, CTJ Trophies in Young, CC Bistro, Thompson’s Rural, IGA Harden, Hard Rock Gym, Twomeys, and Jarrod Stevens fencing. We can’t thank you guys enough.”
“We have decided to move the day next year to November 9, to avoid clashes with other local events so Save the Date!” Mr Turner said.