An unforgettable spirit passes on
The community of Bangalow was in mourning this week after much-loved local personality Kaye Hall died last Friday following a three year battle with lung cancer.
The spirited 57-year-old was named the Ballina Electorate Woman of the Year in March for her amazing contribution to the community she loved. She volunteered her time for countless events, from the Bangalow Christmas Eve Carnival to the inaugural Bangalow Relay for Life, which raised a phenomenal $65,000 for the Cancer Council.
The Echo spoke to Kaye after she was presented with the award, and by this time she was already preparing to leave the ones she loved. She talked passionately about the Bangalow community and how they helped raise money for her cancer treatment and had even arranged for her old friend to visit her from Europe as a surprise. She also talked about the many people she would miss once she was gone, particularly her three children Tom, Amy and Ben.
I am so proud of my children they are the most beautiful people. I know itll be my time soon but it breaks my heart to think of leaving them, Kaye said. In some ways I feel like this whole town is my family Bangalows given me more than I could ever give back.
Ballina MP Don Page, who nominated Kaye for Woman of the Year, described Kaye as a down-to-earth woman who would long be remembered by her beloved community.
She was a special person and a tireless worker. She was involved in almost everything that was going on in Bangalow, right up until the end of her life, and she did it in such a happy way, he said. Kaye was a colourful person who lived life to the fullest and she also had a great sense of humour. She might be gone, but she certainly wont be forgotten.