Friends help couple start a family
THE Murwillumbah Mustangs football club presentation night in September was the unlikely forum where Tanya and Tim Booth's personal crisis reached a head.
It was the night when Tanya's tearful confession to a friend set in motion a unique fundraiser that was staged today, Saturday, November 15.
Since their wedding in April 2010, the Dungay couple has been trying unsuccessfully to conceive a child.
Early this year, Tanya was diagnosed as having a low egg count.
The usual fears and insecurities of such a diagnosis were compounded by the fact that Tanya, 36, is 10 years older than her husband.
Tanya, who is the first female committee member of the Northern Rivers Regional Rugby League, says at her worst moments she told Tim to find a younger woman.
"He tells me he didn't marry my reproductive system, he married me," she said.
"You just never think you'll have a problem because as a woman you think you're born to make babies."
During the Mustangs night Tanya confided in her friend Samantha Quinn, openly questioning how she and Tim would afford the IVF treatment that is their only chance to have a baby.
Samantha came up with an idea: why not stage a fundraiser?
Today more than 50 women are expected to attend the "ovaries only" clothes-swap at the Murwillumbah Racecourse from 3pm. For $50, attendees can bring in unwanted clothes and swap them. Tanya and Samantha say the fundraiser has also prompted several women in their social network to reveal their own infertility issues.
They hope the event highlights the issue which, while prevalent, is rarely discussed publicly.
The Booths are planning to start IVF early next year.