Cup day fund-raiser's special connection

Port Fairy’s contribution to Peter’s Project continues to grow with organisers of the Heather Holcombe Memorial Melbourne Cup Day Luncheon donating $7000 to the cause.

The luncheon is held each year at the Star of the West Hotel in memory of Port Fairy woman Heather Holcombe, who lost her battle with cancer in 2000 at the age of 40.

The day usually makes in excess of $10,000 with most going towards the palliative care centre at the Port Fairy hospital.

However, luncheon organising committee member Julie Holcombe, the sister-in-law of Ms Holcombe, said the push for an integrated cancer care centre in the south-west was a worthy cause.

“From the 2013 day we are giving $7000 but overall we have given $20,000 over the years to Peter’s Project,” she said.

“What (founder) Vicki Jellie and her team are trying to achieve with Peter’s Project goes hand-in-hand with the spirit of our day and we are proud to be able to contribute to it.” 

Like many Peter’s Project donations, there is a personal side to the group’s donation.

Heather Holcombe worked at the National Bank and among her workmates were her sister in-law and Ms Jellie, who said the connection made the donation a special one. 

“Knowing Heather I knew what she had to go through with her battle with cancer so it is wonderful Julie and the other organisers of the Melbourne Cup day are donating to Peter’s Project,” she said.

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