The Springfield community is coming together with fundraising events held next weekend to support a young local mum diagnosed with cancer.
The events on October 15 and 16 will feature a special cupcake fundraiser followed by a day of wholesome family entertainment, with all proceeds going to 32-year-old mum-of-two Amanda Crossley, from Augustine Heights, as she begins chemotherapy treatment.
Kate Adamson, a friend of Amanda’s, has spearheaded the fun-filled weekend.
“We have locked in Amanda’s Fundraiser at Orion Hotel on Sunday the 16th of October, from 12pm,” Kate said.
“The afternoon will feature live music, a petting zoo, raffles, and meat trays – all sponsored or donated by locals. It’s going to be such a fantastic day.”
Some of the raffle items include a fire pit, picnics for two, Broncos tickets for 2023, and $50 vouchers for The Fine Design, Coffee Club, Ballistic Beer, and Envy Her Hair, among scores of others.
“We hope Amanda will make it, and look forward to having everyone together.”
On Saturday, the day prior, local specialist bakery Puckles Family Bakehouse will be raising money for Amanda with its ‘Cupcakes for Cancer’.
‘Cupcakes for Cancer’ is by pre-order only – six for $30 – and every cent of the sales will be going to Amanda.
Kate said she thinks it’s important for people to trust their bodies and advocate for their health.
“The more widespread that Amanda’s story has become has made us realise how common this story is, and how more needs to be done to educate young people and medical professionals on the warning signs.
“Amanda is such a beautiful person and I know she has been overwhelmed with the support and gratitude of the community coming together. Every day she proves how incredibly strong she is and we are so proud of her.”
“I really hope we can put her in the best position to fight this.”
Sat Narayan, the owner of Puckles bakery, expressed his sentiments on his Facebook page.
“Kicking off the fundraising weekend, we will donate every single cent directly to Amanda and her family, so enjoy some amazing cupcakes for a good cause!”
“Join us as we support local Springfield mum Amanda Crossley as she fights her recent diagnosis,” he wrote.
Amanda lives with partner Ben Winter and their daughters Lilly and baby April.
She was diagnosed with stage-4 bowel cancer in late July, long after her gut pains were initially reported to doctors.
Her discomfort was for months chalked up to her pregnancy, both before and after the birth of her daughter April.
She is now in discussion with her doctors at Ipswich Hospital about beginning chemotherapy treatment.
“I am grateful for the exposure to help raise that awareness for both bowel cancer and for people to trust their bodies,” she said.
‘Fight Cancer with Amanda Fundraiser’ will be held on Sunday, October 16, from midday, at Orion Hotel – 1 Main Street, Springfield.
You can RSVP to the Facebook event page at fb.me/e/1Or7vRxwf
To donate a raffle prize, or for other enquiries, contact Kate on 0439 705 209.
To order cupcakes, call Puckles on 3470 0566.