When supporters of a Kylie Monaghan Fundraiser Dinner on Saturday looked down at their table settings, a star was shining brightly.
The face of Kylie, the death-with-dignity campaigner and author, was gazing up at the well-wishers from placemats made by her father-in-law Don Monaghan and his wife Liz.
Many family members, friends and supporters took the placemats home with them from the Savoy Soccer Club. It was the eve of the first anniversary of Kylie’s death which resulted after she developed breast cancer, but the crowd of more than 100 had a fighting spirit, just like her.
They raised a “substantial sum” for our hospital’s chemotherapy ward, according to Kylie’s mother Shirley Church.
“I am over the moon about Port Pirie’s fundraising,” she said. The businesses are absolutely brilliant as are the people. They are eager to help when the money is staying in town. We raffled a split-system air-conditioner donated by my partner Greg Smith’s nephews Leigh and Beau Smith.
“Young Tahlia-Jade Weiss raised $246 by selling bracelets, earrings and artwork. Kylie would have been so pleased. My friend Michelle Freer made “cockles” and raised $2500.”
Speeches were made by nursing director Michael Eades and Mr Monaghan who said his late daughter-in-law had been unable to travel to Adelaide for treatment. On Sunday, Mrs Church and family from Adelaide and Broken Hill gathered for the first anniversary of Kylie’s death.