Stawell community rallies in support of Belinda Scott

ORGANISERS of the family fun day held in honour of former Stawell woman Belinda Scott, could never have imagined the level of support they would receive.

Belinda Scott is flanked by Bree Pickering (left) who shaved her head at the fun day and Calinda Sinnot-Barker, who took the clippers to Bree in front of the big crowd.

Belinda Scott is flanked by Bree Pickering (left) who shaved her head at the fun day and Calinda Sinnot-Barker, who took the clippers to Bree in front of the big crowd.

The fun day, held at the Stawell Racecourse, saw more than 500 people walk through the gates to support the Belinda Scott Appeal.

Belinda has been diagnosed with metastatic bowel cancer, but isn't about to let that get her down.

Joined at the family fun day on Sunday by her husband Ben and sons Harvey and Archie, Mrs Scott delivered an emotional address of thanks to her loving family, her growing circle of friends and the many strangers who turned out to show their support.

"The support I have received from everyone is just overwhelming," Mrs Scott said.

"I am so lucky to have so many loving and caring people around me. I can't thank you all enough."

Mrs Scott said she wasn't about to lay down and let the cancer beat her. She has pledged to continue fighting until she beats what she described as 'this disgusting disease'.

"The love and support I have received from my husband Ben shows just how much of a caring heart he has," she said.

"My boys Harvey and Archie have also been so strong through this. I love you both very much. When I look at you, it's proof that I have far too much to live for."

Close friend Bree Pickering said she was overwhelmed by the support for the family fun day, which was organised to help raise funds for Belinda and her family.

The idea is to ensure sufficient funds are available to enable Mrs Scott to continue her efforts in seeking treatments in overseas countries, including Germany and China.

Mrs Pickering said it was a little too early to tally up all the funds from Sunday, but it appeared the total would exceed $15,000.

"We are confident of reaching well above $15,000," Mrs Pickering said.

"The figure is around that mark already and there is still some money still to be counted.

"I just couldn't believe the support we received for Sunday. Everything fell into place and the amount of people there was unbelievable. It was amazing really."

Mrs Pickering said she was particularly pleased with the number of families that turned up on the day.

There was plenty to keep them entertained, including a jumping castle, face painting, Jamie and Kim's mobile petting zoo, football kicking competition, appearances by Iggle Piggle and Peppa Pig and music by band 'No Plan' and disc jockey 'Pure Vibes'.

Several stallholders set up stalls on the day and there was plenty of food and entertainment provided.

The barbecue proved popular for lunch, while fairy floss, popcorn, a cake stall and other goodies ensured all ages were catered for.

Mrs Pickering said everyone who attended seemed to have a great day out.

"It was a great turnout and everyone was so positive," she said.

"Everyone helped out where they were needed and there were so many smiles getting around. The whole atmosphere with the music and the children's activities was really great.

"I can't thank everyone enough for supporting the day. To see so many people there, it just goes to show how much people in the community love Belinda."

Bree herself braved the clippers as she agreed to shave her head on stage in front of the large gathering, if she could raise enough money.

Her total exceeded an astonishing $27,000 and there was no turning back.

"My ears have been a bit cold, but it has all been worth it," she said.

"We are still fundraising through the online auction, so we expect that figure to continue rising."

Bids in the auction can be made by visiting www.belindasappeal.com and navigating to the Facebook page to view items still up for grabs.

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