Lynne Mowbray On November 7 and 8 this year, two local ladies Beth Rose and Amanda Fitzpatrick will join thousands of participants in Sydney to walk 60klms to raise money for cancer. The walk – “The Weekend to End Women’s Cancers” event, will take two days to complete and will be benefiting the Chris O’Brien Lifehouse, which is a facility for cancer sufferers in Sydney. Dr Chris O’Brien was a man of vision and courage. He was an inspiration through his work as a cancer specialist and during his own three-year battle with an aggressive brain tumour. The two ladies from Gulmarrad have been preparing for the walk and need to raise $2000 each to enter this event. Ms Rose said she entered this event as there is not one of us whose life has not been touched by cancer in some way. “I am walking to honour a wonderful, courageous lady and great friend, Pat Cooper who lost her battle in December 2009,” she said. “Pat was a well known identity in Maclean, for many years.” Ms Fitzpatrick said that she has taken to social media to encourage her friends to support her. “My commitment (to this walk) is based on love for my fellow sisters, mothers, grandmothers daughters and nieces and my friends everywhere,” she said. “We each need to do our part in this fight (against cancer)” A fundraising evening is being planned at the Harwood Hotel on Friday, September 11, from 5.30pm. They are hoping the community will come along and support this good cause and enjoy a night of fun which includes a band, raffles and lucky door prize etc. The ladies have been sponsored by New Horizons and Making Waves Hairdressers in Carney’s Arcade in Maclean. The three hairdressers, Nancy, Kath and Nicole have offered to donate one dollar from every haircut from now until the end of September, to help support the ladies. For more information contact: Beth Rose 0408 236 916 or Amanda Fitzpatrick 0409 454 401 Lifehouse is an integrated and patient-focused centre of excellence, offering everything a cancer patient needs in one place, including treatment, research, education, complementary therapies and psychosocial support Chris O’Brien was a man of leadership, vision and courage. He inspired people, both through his work as a cancer specialist and through his own three-year battle with an aggressive brain tumour.