Beaudesert locals raised more than $4600 to support cancer patients and their families at the High Tea for a Cause at Beaudesert Tennis Club.
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Support was strong for the 19 February event, organised by local breast cancer survivor Rhonda Thorpe and her army of volunteers in aide of Mater Chicks in Pink.
The club was filled with 78 guests, who dined on homemade high tea treats and went home with great raffle prizes generously donated by local businesses and organisations.
Rhonda said it was about raising awareness as much as funds.
“The support and generosity of everyone has been overwhelming, it shows that community spirit is truly alive in our town,” she said.
“These funds will go directly to Mater Chicks in Pink fund that will give cancer patients not only support with practical services but hope, too, as it will go towards research into making treatments more effective, so fewer lives are lost.
“Above anything, I hope from this comes awareness that we need to listen to our bodies, no matter what age or gender we are. Early detection is the key to fighting this disease.”
As part of team Turtles’ Flippin Tits, Rhonda will walk in the International Women’s Day Fun Run on 12 March for Mater Chicks in Pink.
At time of print, the team was sitting at number 28 on the leaderboard out of more than 1000 teams.
Rhonda said community support made a significant difference.
“Cancer has no boundaries, and, in our lifetime, it will impact our lives in some way,” she said.
“Being a cancer survivor myself, this is a cause that is very close to my heart and I thank you so very much for showing your support, it means more than you can imagine. I would like to thank the Beaudesert Tennis Club for donating this venue for today, Cancer Council Beaudesert for the loan of all their high tea crockery and support, the Uniting Church for loan of their chairs and Blue Care for the loan of their tea pots.
“I personally would like to thank each and every team member for their help and support in bringing this high tea together.”