Valentine’s Day brunch raises funds for GV Health cancer services

By Madi Chwasta

While there were some romantic gazes across the tables, there was plenty more generosity on show at yesterday’s annual Valentine’s Day Brunch.

Hosted by Soroptimist International of Shepparton for the first time, more than 160 community members came together for a meal at the Shepparton Harness Racing Club, with all proceeds going towards Goulburn Valley Health cancer services.

GV Health Foundation co-ordinator Carmel Johnson said it was great the event was held under the direction of the Shepparton Soroptimists, after GV Health Auxiliary were unable to run it this year.

“It’s been a great thing for the community that this event - that so many people enjoy - can continue with support of the Soroptimists,” she said.

“We’re delighted that people have continued to support it in its new location, and it was a great success.”

For GV Health cancer services: More than 160 people attended for brunch and champagne.

Soroptimist Shepparton event co-ordinator Pam Ewert said her team was glad to take on hosting responsibilities for the brunch.

“It was a good fundraiser for the hospital, and we thought as Soroptimists, it would be great to help out and put it on for this year for them,” she said.

“The event has been great – everyone has chipped in to help.”

This year’s event featured speeches from Silver Lining Ride for the Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation co-founder Georgie Herbert, Shepparton arts and health figurehead John Head and GV Health CEO Matt Sharp.

The event is now one of many organised by the Shepparton Soroptimists, who host fundraisers throughout the year for organisations and initiatives in the region, and will celebrate their 50th birthday this October.