Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Life of Eisteddfod Mums Absorbs Their Time; Three Mothers Reflect on the Hectic Schedule of Preparing Costumes and Going over Checklists in the Lead-Up to the Event at the MECC

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Life of Eisteddfod Mums Absorbs Their Time; Three Mothers Reflect on the Hectic Schedule of Preparing Costumes and Going over Checklists in the Lead-Up to the Event at the MECC

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Byline: Fallon Hudson fallon.hudson@dailymercury.com.au

THEY don't have superhero capes but they have super huge handbags filled with first aid kits, needle and thread, roll on glue, fashion tape and spare stockings.

For the past seven years mums Lesa Walker, Cindy Hayes and Rebecca Marsh take a break from the role of everyday mum when the Mackay Eisteddfod is on. For three weeks routines are thrown out the window and their lifestyle becomes a haze of checklists, glitter spray and sequins.

Cindy said all three of them were professionals in organised chaos and believe if there was any more chaos they would be insane.

The trio are constantly either backstage putting last minute adjustments to costumes, to watching anxiously in the theatre a the pace at the eisteddfod is an exciting, exhausting one.

Women who have never been involved in the eisteddfod could feel as though they are in whirlwind, but for these mums they relish the chaos.

The day of an eisteddfod mum starts early, with them arriving before 8am and leaving the MECC at 10pm. However, some days they come in between performances or stick around to watch other sections.

aWe are here on the first day of the eisteddfod and because my children do speech and drama we are here on the last day a we are here for the three weeks. It becomes their home and it is a holiday from the norm,a Lesa said.

aWe have no husbands, no housework.

aIt is a completely different lifestyle a it is all about the kids and eisteddfod,a Cindy said.

Each of their children learn dance at Fame Talent School and the number of costumes Lesa's daughter Ebony has this year is 19.

Cindy said they all learnt to sew because it was getting too expensive to buy costumes, especially when the number of costumes increases and the cost becomes horrendous.

aOne or two is fine but after that, at $80 a costume is quite expensive,a Cindy said. …

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