Organisers have applauded the Gunnedah community’s generosity which helped raise $16,000 for Amy Marmara in her fight against breast cancer.

The fundraising effort included a Go-Fund Me page, raffles and a colour run – the latter which featured 262 runners, walkers, pram pushers and pint-sized bike riders.

After being showered in colour during the 5km community fun run along Gunnedah’s Namoi River pathway, participants cleaned up before gathering at the Railway Hotel that afternoon.

Mel Bieman had earlier agreed to cut her hair in support of Amy should the fundraising total reach $10,000. Amy’s daughter, Lila, also parted with a pony-tail as part of the fundraising pledge. Family friend and event organiser Amanda Randall said it was a “beautiful moment” to be in the presence of.

Amy Marmara and Jenny Allen at the colour run in Gunnedah earlier this month.

Ms Randall also thanked the people of Gunnedah and the wider support network for giving their time, money and support for Amy.

“The generosity from the community has been amazing, even people who didn’t know Amy,” she said.

“It makes you realise how even in small communities people come together to help others in need.”

She also thanked the loyal band of volunteers who assisted throughout.

“We couldn’t have done it without them,” she said.

Amy, who was diagnosed with breast cancer aged just 37, is wife to husband Patrick and mother to their three beautiful children Madelin, Landon and Lila.

Amanda said Amy remains in good spirits despite the uncertainty of living with cancer and ongoing chemotherapy treatments.

Mel Bieman and Lila Mortimer cut their hair in support of the fundraising effort.


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