PEARLY WHITES: Sarah Giles and Kate Thomson, both of Grafton, enjoy the hospitality in the Purple Pearls marquee.
PEARLY WHITES: Sarah Giles and Kate Thomson, both of Grafton, enjoy the hospitality in the Purple Pearls marquee.

Marquee a Pearler



KNOWING the money you donate is going to local charities to help local people is one of greatest aspects about the Purple Pearls, supporter Alex Bernard said.

Ms Bernard said the biggest benefit from the Purple Pearls, an organisation made up of Grafton mums who raise funds for local charities, was knowing the women were spending the funds on worthwhile projects.

"I'd much rather give my money to the local community and to people who do a lot for the community," she said.

"To give money to your own community is fantastic, but to see that money being given to the Sisters of Mercy in Kenya, some of which taught me at school, is very cool," she said.

Pearls member Lisa Dougherty said the group would raise between $6,000 and $8,000 this year.

Yesterday they hosted a marquee at Ramornie Day to thank all their supporters.

Mrs Dougherty said this year the organisation would support the Grafton Community Bus, St Joseph's Cowper Homes, Grafton Breastfeeding Association and Copmanhurst Preschool.

Other groups to receive funds were Sisters of Mercy, Grafton youth projects, Grafton High-Shine youth project, the McAuley Catholic College and Clarence Valley Anglican School bursaries and Grafton Art Club.



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