Housewives are charity champions

Bangalow’s Desperate Housewives had a fun night raising $3500 for The Cancer Council at a recent Spit Roast Dinner.
Bangalow’s Desperate Housewives had a fun night raising $3500 for The Cancer Council at a recent Spit Roast Dinner.
They call themselves ‘The Desperate Housewives’, yet there’s nothing particularly desperate or indeed housewifely about this great group of Bangalow women who in a few short years have raised the staggering amount of $10,000 to support The Cancer Council in the work it does for the community.

“When our friend Kay Hall started Relay for Life in Bangalow a few years back,” said group member Sharon Rudgley, “we thought what a great concept it was.

“We were asked to get a team together, which we did, all of us friends, with some of us related as well.

“It’s a great excuse for us to get together.

“And when we sat around trying to come up with a name, we thought we’re all desperate to come up with a cure for cancer.

“Every single one of us has been affected by cancer in some way.”

The Desperate Housewives have held many large fundraising events, the latest of which was a spit roast dinner a few weeks ago.


“In two weeks we sold 135 tickets,” said Sharon, “and could have sold more if we’d kept on going.

“It’s amazing, as soon as you mention The Cancer Council, people automatically say yes.”

And the coffers swelled when fruit grower Greg Nash turned up with trays of nectarines to auction off.

“Some of them went for $100 a tray,” said Sharon.

The evening was also helped along when local band Retro Virus, a group that is developing quite a following, waived their fees.

All up, a total of $3500 was raised from just that function.

The group has also held curry nights and lamington drives, all supported by the generous Bangalow folk.

“As soon as you mention you’re doing something in Bangalow,” said Sharon, “everyone says they’ll come.

“It’s just the Bangalow way.”

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