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Billinudgel’s big heart helps Tanya and family

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Tanya McIntyre (nee West) is struggling with advanced cancer and she, her husband Scotty and daughter Shanise were overwhelmed by the love and support shown by their local Billinudgel community on Sunday December 10.

‘People realised that we were struggling and Kenny at the pub and other key members of the community came together to organise the fundraiser,’ said Scotty.

‘It was something else – the community and businesses are still recovering from the floods and this community just kept giving. 

‘There were young people here, families with mortgages, and they managed to raise $17,000 out of their own back pockets.’

Having grown up in the Brunswick Heads area, Tanya has always lived around Billinudgel and is well known and loved in the community.

‘Tanya has been a longtime employee at the hotel and a close personal friend,’ said publican Ken Barnham.

‘Her daughter Shanise and Jodie, Tanya’s sister, really did a lot of the leg work to bring it together.’

The money raised will be used to pay for Tanya’s radiation treatment and has taken a great weight off Scotty, Shanise and Tanya’s shoulders.


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