In the April column, the Friends of Mount Colah (FOMC) and Mt Colah Pizzeria promoted our Mother’s Day weekend charity fundraiser for the National Breast Cancer Foundation. That day has come and gone, and we’re happy to announce that it was a great success on two fronts.
First, we raised $1,517.80 for a very worthy cause, beating our target. Secondly, the event attracted interest and participation from many locals who attended and dug deep with a number of individuals and businesses kindly donating raffle prizes and auction items. We even had some local representatives pop in to show their support, notably Philip Ruddock in what was his second-last public engagement as the Federal Member for Berowra, and also Clr Nathan Tilbury.
The event was what we in FOMC like to call a “Mingle” – where residents and businesses (whether they are Mt Colah locals or simply just Mt Colah fans) get together in Mt Colah to connect as a community and have a good time. George and Sanaa Hajjar from the Pizzeria came up with this fundraiser idea in 2015 and we were very keen to run it again this year – this time with assistance from FOMC!
On the day, the FOMC crew and Pizzeria were decked out in pink – the signature colour of the National Breast Cancer Foundation – ready to welcome the community to join us for a marvellous pizza lunch and rollicking entertainment for young and old. It was never a dull moment with FOMC member Cr Mick Gallagher as MC, the Hornsby/Berowra Ukulele Group, Bluey Bonza, and a band including some Pizzeria employees keeping the crowd bopping and mingling throughout the day.
I wish I had more room to name everyone who contributed in some way to the event – whether it was providing a service on the day, supplying us with goods for decoration and sale, to donating items for the raffles and auction, etc. – but I would require the entire page of the Village Voice rather than a few paragraphs! THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH. Check out our Facebook page for photos!
Mariko Smith is the Chairperson of the FOMC. For more info email: firstname.lastname@example.org OR Facebook “Friends of Mount Colah”.