If We All Had Wings charity donates more than $40,000 to help local Hastings cancer patients

WINGS: Skye Petho with the iconic wings mural which will stay as a reminder of what the charity has achieved. PHOTO: Laura Telford.
WINGS: Skye Petho with the iconic wings mural which will stay as a reminder of what the charity has achieved. PHOTO: Laura Telford.

If We All Had Wings cancer charity, founded in Port Macquarie, has taken its final flight.

The brainchild of friends Skye Petho, Necia Waghorn and Sue Jogever, who wanted to help locals manage the financial difficulties of a cancer diagnosis, have raised more than $32,000 since the charity's inception. It came after Skye herself was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2016.

The charity is an arts-based fundraising platform with memorable angel wings painted on a wall on Sunset Parade, Port Macquarie.

Painted by local artists Mel Casey and Adam Murray, the artwork has been the star of selfies as people pause to take photos, share them on social media and contemplate the effects of cancer.

Skye said fundraising through art provided her with something beautiful and positive to focus on, and an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of others.

Skye said it has been a rollercoaster of a journey but the time had come to close that chapter.

"We have recently signed our last cheque for $12,000 so our total funds raised is nearly $45,000 which has and will go directly to helping local families through a cancer diagnosis and treatment," Skye said.

Skye Petho making the charity's first donation in 2016 while battling cancer herself.

Skye Petho making the charity's first donation in 2016 while battling cancer herself.

"The sad fact is that so many people in our community know what it is like to go through cancer treatment or to see a family member go through it and we wanted to bring a little bit of relief to ease that pressure.

"Although we have ended the charity there are so many funds people can still donate to, to help local families in need.

"Even just asking a friend how they are going or offering to pick a child up after school or do a grocery run, small things can make huge differences to someone living with cancer."

Skye said she was overwhelmed by the amount of community support the charity has received over its life.

"I am really grateful for all the support our charity has received over the more than two years we have been working and I am proud to say I live in such an inclusive and supportive community like Port Macquarie," she said.

"Our gorgeous wings mural will be staying so we always encourage people to come and see it and it will be a visual reminder of the great work the community has done for those and their families going through cancer."

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