Test your trivia and help a mum
Lisa Whittingham describes her friend and work colleague Jacki Scutt as a loving single mum of two teenage girls, a hard worker, and a Girl Guides leader who goes out of her way to help the young girls in her care. She also has breast cancer.
Jacki recently had surgery and is now undergoing chemotherapy, a process that costs a lot of money. Lisa wanted to help her friend and is now putting on a trivia afternoon as a fundraiser for her mate, who she says would never dream of asking for help for herself.
“She doesn’t ever worry about herself – she worries more for her girls worrying for her!” Lisa said. “I always imagined that the public health system would take care of all the costs for cancer treatment but after hearing her stories (about the costs of treatment) I was shocked.”
Lisa said it took time to convince Jacki to let her hold a fundraiser.
“Jacki is a strong, stoic person who would much rather help than be helped,” Lisa said. “Her friends however see that the burdens of her illness and the bills incurred as well as day-to-day expenses and a mortgage are not helping her get through this difficult period or assisting in her recovery.
“She’s a really independent woman but she doesn’t have much to fall back on. It’s a case of do unto others as you would have done unto you… I think we’d all like to think there’d be people to care and support us when times are tough.”
The trivia afternoon is being held in conjunction with the Lismore Quota Club and is on next Sunday, March 14, at the Lismore Girl Guide Hall from 4pm for a 4.30pm start. The cost is only $10 and there will be a sausage sizzle, raffles and lucky stars. People should BYO drinks and nibblies for the trivia. For tickets or information, phone Carol Barton on 0402 149 574 or Sue Sheaffe on 0415 213 301.