The show couldn't go on but Forbes still raises funds for Ronald McDonald House

A much anticipated cabaret night eventually fell to COVID restrictions, but Forbes has lent its support to Ronald McDonald House Orange in support of local families.

A Christmas in Vegas event with special guest Tallulah - Canowindra's Tommy Jeffs - was in the planning from March this year, and nobody was more disappointed than organiser Debbie Roylance when the timing of lockdowns and venue limits first postponed and then eventually cancelled the event.

Still, incredible prizes including a child's ride-on Peg-Perego Gator, a Kubota pedal tractor and trailer, $1000 worth of house painting and a glamorous Toy brand ladies watch had been donated toward the cause, so the raffle did go ahead.

Prizes were drawn down town on November 27, with ticket sales raising $3600 - impressive considering the impacts of COVID-19 on the past few months and flooding more recently.

"We're very happy with the result considering ticket selling restrictions during COVID," Debbie said. "We have a very generous community."

Ronald McDonald House Orange provides accommodation so families of babies, adolescents and children requiring specialist or life-saving care can stay close to them at Orange health service.

"We are so lucky to have this facility in our country area - for country families to be together during extremely difficult times of illness," Debbie said.

Rebecca Walsh, Ronald McDonald House Orange Executive Officer, made the trip to Forbes - navigating her way around flooded roads - to attend the draw.

Debbie extends a big thank you to the sponsors:

  • Hutcheon and Pearce
  • Platinum Painting
  • Roylances Tractor Replacements
  • Achesons Mitre 10
  • Little Extras Lifestyle
  • Flannerys Pharmacy
  • Willa Blue
  • Metro Hair
  • Hair with Style
  • Allure
  • Robb's Jewellers
  • Undercover Lingerie
  • Blue Sky
  • Turners Furniture 1
  • Made of Fridays

She thanked all those who bought tickets, as well as Forbes Shire Council's Jolene Jones and Forbes Business Chamber's Fiona Ferguson for their support.