Daughter inspires mum's crusade

WHEN it comes to the fight against the scourge of leukaemia, Tamaree's Jo Jones is a real chip off the young block.

Her daughter Donna stepped in earlier this year to raise money for leukaemia research and in only five weeks raised more than $4500.

That effort has inspired mum, Jo, to start early with a big fundraiser at the Gympie Pines Golf Club on October 29.

That's all part of the lead-up to Jo's vow to shave for a cure, “only six days before my 70th birthday”.

But it's not all about a radical and edgy hair-do, as far as Jo is concerned. It's a community effort, she told The Gympie Times yesterday.

“I'm very lucky with the support I've had so far,” she said yesterday.

“I've had Starclub Print and Sign Centre printing all the tickets.

“The golf club has given us the room in return for bar takings only.

“Cooloola Colour Graphics enlarged the flier into a poster and there about two dozen of them around the town.

“We've been given a lucky door prize - and I don't want to say what it is yet - from Shepherds Retravision.

“And there are about six other small prizes to be handed out at the door, from people like Bakers Delight, the Railway Hotel and a raffle prize of a $100 voucher from Toyworld, just in time for early Christmas shopping.

There is also a $50 grocery voucher from Duke Street's Friendly Grocer, and a $20 meat voucher from Neal's Family Meats in Horseshoe Bend.

The entertainment line-up at the Charity Variety Concert, which starts at 7.30pm, at the Shield Street golf club, includes some brilliant acts including Dan and Sheree Atherton, Gympie songbirds, Southside State School Bands, Darryl Dodt, Gympie Belly Dancers, Holly Wood “and a few surprises”.

“All the performers are donating their time.”

Gympie Times

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