Roslyn Collins, Sylvia Punzalan and Stephanie Sheriff will participate in the Filipino Festival of Flowers.
Roslyn Collins, Sylvia Punzalan and Stephanie Sheriff will participate in the Filipino Festival of Flowers. Sarah Harvey

Girls dress up to help orphans

SIXTEEN beautiful Ipswich ladies hope to raise more than $4000 for orphans in the Philippines through their annual Festival of Flowers celebration.

Organiser Thelma Woodman, of the Catholic Filipino Australian Chaplaincy of Ipswich, said the festival provided a wonderful way to help others.

"We feel very good being able to help others, especially those in the Philippines," Mrs Woodman said. "It's a poor country and we donate all money to four orphanages. And we like dressing up."

The ladies are vying for the title of Queen Helena, for the woman who raises the most through raffle tickets. A return airfare to the Philippines or to Melbourne is the prize. Entertainment includes singing and dancing, traditional food, stalls and markets.

The festival will be held at 32 Robertson Rd, Eastern Heights on May 27 from 10.45am until 5pm. For details phone 0439 728 267.



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