Women Like Us finally put on a Mullum show

Mandy Nolan and Ellen Briggs aka Women Like Us hitch into town to get ready to raise money for the Mullumbimby High School Year 12 Formal and the Mullum Public School.  Don’t pick them up, whatever you do. Photo Jeff Dawson

They’ve been doing it all around the country yet this is the first time the show Women Like Us will be on show in Mullumbimby and they are coming to town to help out kids at our local schools.

While Ellen Briggs and Mandy Nolan apparently got to their own year 12 formals by hitching a ride they realise this is not quite the traditional route and are raising funds to help kids at Mullum High to be able to afford to go to their formal.

‘In past years it has been a real slog to make the Mullum High School formal tickets affordable and many kids just haven’t been able to go,’ said Ellen.

The Mullum Ex-Services Club are donating the venue and production of the show free of charge and the proceeds from their show on Saturday 15 September will be donated to the formal committee at Mullum High and towards the signage at Mullumbimby Primary School.

‘I’ve had a really great experience of both these schools with my kids,’ said Ellen.

‘But it infuriates me that we have to raise money for a sign at Mullumbimby Public School because the Department of Education has not maintained the signage and now refuses to pay for a new one. It is frustrating how little funding they get.

‘When we started Women Like Us Mandy and I decided that we would do ten fundraising shows a year.’

And they have done many – from raising money for terminally ill cancer patients to people injured by horses, as well as schools and community groups.

‘It is really important to us and close to our hearts,’ explained Ellen.

‘It is part of the Women Like Us concept to help other women. Something like this benefits the whole community and we are investing in the future adults of this town.’

So pick up your tickets from and enjoy.

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