IT’S TIME TO SPARKLE Social distancing isn’t all bad. In our efforts to “keep connected” we’ve had to be creative with online and virtual possibilities. Suddenly we are able to “attend” events, competitions and classes all from the comfort of home. In a way, it’s actually broadened our outlook. Toowoomba folks have jumped on board this brave new online world and one organisation leading the charge is the ever resourceful Toowoomba Hospital Foundation. The Foundation’s recent online champagne tasting fundraiser highlighted the fun of online events and proved that you can still be connected ... even when you’re apart.
BY ALLY MARTELL
THE FUNDRAISER Toowoomba Hospital Foundation is masterful at creating events that bring the community together whilst raising money for medical equipment and services at Toowoomba Base Hospital.
hirty champagne enthusiasts from around Toowoomba recently sat at home in front of their computers with a bottle of Royal Riviera, French Champagne, a bottle of Wearing Memories Prosecco and a delicious antipasto platter from Wellbean Co. So easy! No deciding what to wear, no transport to consider, no locking the house and leaving the dog behind. All the participants had to do was log on to their computer and link up with Toowoomba Hospital Foundation’s Alison Kennedy who was joined by Kiron Barui and Kiron’s business partner Sara who all the way from her home in France. Amidst the giggles and nibbles there was some serious conversation and a lot of useful champagne information to take away. “We’d like to do another one,” said Kiron. “Maybe about pairing food with champagne.” Sounds great to us!
TOOWOOMBA STYLE, Friday, August 7, 2020
THE CREATIVE Kiron Barui is one of Toowoomba’s quiet achievers. She is eternally loyal to the city she calls home, a great advocate for “buy local” and a generous benefactor.
orn in Ghan and raised in Rockhampton, Kiron Barui studied teaching at uni in Brisbane before pursuing a career in special education. She furthered her knowledge with a Masters Degree but had a career break to raise her own children. It was during this break that she found another calling: one that she had never dreamt of.
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