TOP FROCK: Whip Bird building owner Linda Lange rocking a beautiful daffodil coloured frock at the event.
TOP FROCK: Whip Bird building owner Linda Lange rocking a beautiful daffodil coloured frock at the event. Laura Blackmore

Burnett's brightest building unites community for fundraiser

DRIVING along the D'Aguliar highway opposite Coolabunia State School a popular South Burnett eatery used to blend in with the scenery.

However after it's first fresh paint of coat in 16 years Whip Bird is now an unmissable sight.

On Friday, August 23 the cafe hosted a a special Daffodil Day event to raise funds for the Cancer Council.

The story behind the colour choice was not intentional to coincide with the community event but became a fitting colour said Whip Bird building owner Linda Lange.

 

Whip Bird building owner Linda Lange is proud of the recent renovations to the cafe.
Whip Bird building owner Linda Lange is proud of the recent renovations to the cafe. Laura Blackmore

"We originally choose the colour daffodil because it would stand out from the road," Mrs Lange.

"We have been renovating the outside of the building for about four months.

"The idea to do something for daffodil day to relaunch the cafe with it's new look sprung to mind.

"At that very same time when that was happening my mother had a cancer diagnosis."

"So it's extra special to be hosting both of these events here today," she said.

After discussing the possibilities of hosting an event with her brother Chris Peterson the pair worked together to make their idea come to fruition.

 

Glenys Peterson, Chris Peterson and Linda Lange along side the faces of this year's South Burnett Relay for Life Carla and Eric Cross.
Glenys Peterson, Chris Peterson and Linda Lange along side the faces of this year's South Burnett Relay for Life Carla and Eric Cross. Laura Blackmore

They invited community members to join them in support for raising funds for the Cancer Council along with guests speakers talking about various topics related to cancer.

Ambassadors and this year's faces of the South Burnett Relay for Life husband and wife duo Eric and Carla Cross were some of the guest speakers at the Whip Bird event.

"We are both survivors of cancer."

"Eric had prostate cancer and I have had breast cancer four times and a melanoma cut out.

"I lost my brother last year to cancer because he did not get his bowels checked.

"I was usually the one who was under the knife, not him," she said.

"He was my only brother and to think he could still be alive if he followed up with his health checks.

"The most important thing we can do is to get checked regularly, no matter what age you are.

 

Faces of this year's South Burnett Relay for Life Carla and Eric Cross were guest speakers at the Daffodil Day event of Whip Bird cafe.
YELLOW: Faces of this year's South Burnett Relay for Life Carla and Eric Cross were guest speakers at the Daffodil Day. Laura Blackmore

As Mrs Lange and Mr Peterson welcomed guests at the Daffodil Day event, the cafe owner said she can't believe how far they have come since purchasing the property with her husband Rob in 1997.

Originally two country churches joined together, the Coolabunia Uniting Church and the Christadelphian Church, there is plenty of family history within it's walls.

"The amazing thing for me was that both of my parents went to church it each of the churches 50 metres apart," Mrs Lange said.

"They didn't even know each other and met at the local high school"

"And well, the rest is history," she said.

Guests indulged in the delicious variety of food and coffee available at the cafe, which is currently leased to newly engaged couple Zarly Steffensen and Devon Hanson.

They also hosted a raffle with multiple prizes up for grabs to go towards their fund-raising efforts for the Cancer Council.

 

An exterior shot of the freshly painted Whip Bird cafe.
An exterior shot of the freshly painted Whip Bird cafe. Laura Blackmore