Every year Penny Lane Café owners Maria and Gyan volunteer their time at Bluesfest selling raffle tickets in aid of Cystic Fibrosis Australia (CFA). The prize is three guitars, signed by various artists performing at the Festival.
This year commitments at the café meant they couldn’t attend Bluesfest and instead sold tickets at Penny Lane. They also purchased a 5-day Bluesfest pass and created another raffle where customers spending over $35 went into a draw. From this raffle they raised $1,230 which will also be donated to CFA.
Ash Scott who won the 5-day ticket was very grateful for Penny Lane’s gesture and made the most out of the opportunity by seeing 52 acts!
The Cystic Fibrosis cause is very close to heart for the pair. Gyan was diagnosed and living with CF from birth. She has to maintain the utmost of discipline with her dietary choices and healthy lifestyle practices. She says living in Lennox is itself part of this mix, as the coastal salt air has proven far better for her health than their hometown of Mudgee.
Gyan is a marvel who refuses to be portrayed as a victim and lives her life with an overflowing passion. Despite her health challenges she goes about life as one of the friendliest and hardest working people you will ever meet.
Her mother Maria says, ‘Many times I just trusted my own internal wisdom, insights and ‘gut’ as to what I could best do to raise Gyan to lead a normal life. In adulthood she has taken the reins herself and lives life to the fullest every day.’
True to their generous natures, they are happy to offer any knowledge, and share information and networks that can assist other people living with cystic fibrosis.