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Old friends join in noble cause

Thursday, 1st May, 2014

Maureen Fitzgerald (first on the left in the back row) and Joan Biggins (sixth from the left in the front) at St Mary’s in Broken Hill. Maureen Fitzgerald (first on the left in the back row) and Joan Biggins (sixth from the left in the front) at St Mary’s in Broken Hill.

By Nick Gibbs

Born and bred Broken Hill women Joan Menz (nee Biggins) and Maureen Coles (nee Fitzgerald) have found a noble way to mark their 70th birthdays. 

The pair, who went to school together at St Mary’s, will forgo gifts when they celebrate the milestone on Saturday night, and will instead encourage well wishers to make a donation to the BH Hospital’s Oncology Department.

Joan who now lives in Mildura and Maureen, from Adelaide, will return to be with the friends and family they grew up with at a dinner at the Democratic Club.

Both have either lost a close relative to the disease or know someone living with it, making it something close to their hearts.  

“We feel very strongly about the cause,”  Joan said, explaining that as she got older the attraction to material processions diminished.   

“We don’t need anything ourselves.” 

All money raised will help with the costs associated with cancer patients travelling to Adelaide for treatment. 

Around 60 guests will attend the dinner and all Broken Hill residents are invited to make their way to the Demo on Saturday at 6pm to join in the celebrations and contribute to a worthwhile fundraiser.

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