17 October 2023

LETTER: End of an era for Weipa's Red Hatters

| Matt Nicholls
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The Pandanus Pearls Red Hatters branch has supported many great causes in Weipa over the years. Sadly, the local chapter has called it a day.


PANDANAS Pearls, Weipa Red Hatters have sadly mothballed their red hats and purple regalia and closed their chapter after more than 10 years.

Red Hatters are known across the world as chapters/groups of women aged over 50 who gather together for fun, friendship and frivolity.

You would have seen these lovely ladies dressed in purple with their flamboyant red hats and lots of sparkling bling out and about in Weipa enjoying many social outings, watching the sunsets either at Rocky Point or via the fabulous Western Cape Eco Tours’ sunset tour, participating in parkrun, Relay For Life walks, line dancing, recipe swaps, morning teas, dinners, progressive lunches and, not to mention, the wonderful highlight of walking on the new Weipa Airport runway! What a hoot!

Over this time this small group of Red Hat ladies banded together in fundraising for many worthy causes, raising in the vicinity of some $30,000.

Recipients include CAPS, the RFDS, Cancer Council, Weipa Showgrounds, Conquer the Corrugations, Weipa Bullride and Weipa Fishing Classic.

As we now fold, our final funds have been donated to RFDS Cairns, who provide crucial care to the Weipa community, and the National Breast Cancer Foundation.

On behalf of the Red Hat Ladies, thank you to all who supported our fundraising activities over the past many years.

Goodbye and best wishes to you all and do remember our Pandanas Pearls Red Hatters motto: “Age is a state of mind”.

– Letter penned by “Scribbles”, aka Jenny Aspinall and “Lady Jackie”, aka Jackie Fairbrother

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