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Those amazing Macquarie Matrons

Story and photos John Elliott

ImageGet a bunch of bush women together and look out - anything can happen. And "happen" it did in late October when 700 people attended the second Macquarie Matrons Ball in a huge storage shed at the Namoi Cotton facility in a paddock near Trangie, central western NSW.

"There were a couple of us who were on lots of other committees and we raised $100 here, $1000 there," recalls Macquarie Matrons president and event organiser, Amanda Ferrari, of "Galteemore", Trangie. "We dreamed of raising a huge amount of money and decided we would organise a fabulous glamorous and glitzy night bringing a bit of the city to the country.

Our first Macquarie Matrons function was in 1999. I told the girls we would raise $50,000 on the night and they all looked at me as though I was stark raving mad. We ended up raising $70,000 for Child Flight."

Hosted by The Great Outdoors TV personality, Ernie Dingo, guests at this year's exclusive black tie function enjoyed a three-course catered meal by STIX Catering, entertainment from Dubbo-based Circus West, and dancing to the music of the John Pickworth Orchestra.

The champagne flowed and the Macquarie Matrons raised $125,000 for the Royal Flying Doctor Service and $10,000 for a local initiative titled Macquarie Twenty One Hundred, a visionary group working in health, community, tourism, vegetation and land use, salinity and water. Story end

Full story and photos: Issue 20, December 01 / January 02

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