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I spent many years living in a smallish village in the UK, where the doors were rarely locked, and neighbours arrived with a "you, who - only me" announcement. It was a mixed blessing that everybody knew your business - until you needed help, of course.
The beauty of a place like Yungaburra is the depth of the commitment to community. Visitors recognise the friendliness of the denizens very quickly and are quick to comment. One has only to wander the streets to see the results of this 'family' feeling - the flower baskets, paid for through community functions and tended by shop and accommodation owners throughout the village. The getting together of Yungaburrians when one of their own is stricken by illness, as in the recent past when a young local man had his life turned upside down after a diagnosis of MS. Never, however, has community spirit been more in evidence that on the weekend of 21st July when we Turned Yungaburra Pink!
There are, in any community, a few movers and shakers. Jim Petrich leads the Caledonian Society, John Pollock manages "LEGS" the local gastronomy club, Sue Fairley drives the flower basket fundraising - to name but a very few. However, the woman behind the Turn Yungaburra Pink weekend was Sue Poggioli. Tirelessly, Sue worked with a small committee, the McGrath Foundation, local residents, schools, sports clubs, business owners and more to bring together a stunning weekend of events and fundraising which included a Motorcycle run, a community walk, a tug of war, a car and bike show and best of all, a 'Turn Yungaburra Pink" Rock and Roll Ball!
Many thousands of dollars were raised towards funding a breast cancer nurse on the Tablelands and the event will hopefully become an annual event. Sue Poggioli was determined to make Yungaburra the first 'Pink' Village - and she achieved it in spades!