A little over 12 months ago, the late Noorjehan Merchant and Janelle Gervasoni of the Bathurst Beaters breast cancer support group let the Western Advocate know of their intentions to publish a cookbook to raise funds for cancer research.
The subsequent cookbook, Bathurst on a Plate [launched in May], emerged as a much-needed positive story in such a difficult year for the Bathurst community.
To thank sponsors and supporters of the group, the Bathurst Beaters hosted an afternoon function at The Greens on William on Tuesday, where it was revealed the book had raised $55,800 for the NSW Cancer Council.
"We published 1200 copies and at last count, there's only three left," Bathurst Beaters president Judy Rodenhuis said.
"A big thank you goes to everyone who has purchased Bathurst on a Plate, and the proceeds will go a very long way towards creating a cancer-free future."
Of the final figure, $40,000 was raised within the first six weeks of its release, a figure that also included extra donations.
The book was dedicated to the memory of Ms Merchant, who sadly lost her battle with cancer in December last year.
Bathurst Beaters member Sister Michelle Farrugia acknowledged Ms Merchant as a "extraordinary woman" who stayed committed to seeing Bathurst on a Plate fully realised into her final years.
"While she never got to see the finished product, I have no doubt she'd be proud of what we've accomplished," Sr Michelle said.
"This was Noorjehan's dream, and I believe she has been with us in spirit throughout the entire journey."'