Rais­ing a cuppa for lo­cal kids in need

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

LAST Satur­day, Kids In Need Do­na­tions Inc hosted a Mother’s Day High Tea at Har­ri­son’s Restau­rant.

The weather threat­ened to put a damp­ener on the event, but de­spite a quick shower the af­ter­noon cleared so we could en­joy a delightful af­ter­noon in the gar­den.

With all 120 tick­ets sold and a wait­ing list for those who missed out, ladies frocked up to be en­ter­tained by the dancers from Bod­ies in Mo­tion and the grace­ful sounds of Joanne Trewick’s flute.

Har­ri­son’s chefs whipped up an ar­ray of tea sand­wiches and sweet de­lights - the favourite of the day be­ing the sugar and cin­na­mon­dusted donut balls with sy­ringes full of var­i­ous flavoured fill­ings to in­ject in­side the ball - cre­ated some­thing of a talk­ing point as all the flavours were put to the taste test.

Cups and saucers of all shapes and sizes made their way out of the dark re­cesses of the china cabi­net.

The his­tory of some of th­ese cups was in­spi­ra­tional, in­clud­ing that of Sharon Gar­land who won a sub­lime spa treat­ment for her very old, dec­o­ra­tive and unique set.

To see a full range of the cups, take a look at the KIND Face­book page.

Joan Mur­day gen­er­ously do­nated a unique piece of Port Dou­glas his­tory with her two cups ac­com­pa­nied by writ­ten his­tory that made their way to the silent auc­tion ta­ble.

The silent auc­tion ta­ble dis­played nine do­nated items from Lou’s Fit­ness, Pele Jewellery, Glen­garry Mu­sic Muster, Peb­ble and Babysit­ter Port Dou­glas and a friendly bid­ding war en­sued.

A mar­ket dis­play by 3 Bags Full, the Tea Chest, L’Artte and Jun­gle Road Cloth­ing pro­vided some ideas for Mother’s Day, and some of the ladies qui­etly availed them­selves of the skilled hands of Poppy from Hi­bis­cus Re­sort & Spa, who of­fered re­lax­ing neck, shoul­der and hand mas­sages. Flo­ral Edge pro­vided the flo­ral dec­o­ra­tions for the ta­bles.

We were given an op­por­tu­nity to hear from Erin Mul­lane, who pro­vided a heart­felt glimpse into her fam­i­lies ex­pe­ri­ence of learn­ing to live with their daugh­ters chal­lenges from myas­the­nia gravis.

Erin was the de­serv­ing win­ner of the su­per raf­fle, giv­ing her 12 months of din­ing plea­sure at Bel Cibo, Coco’s, Mojo’s Bar & Grill, On the In­let, Otz, Salsa Bar & Grill, Sas­sis e Cuc­cina, Sea Bean, 2Fish, Water­gate and Zinc.

A num­ber of ladies went home happy with their stash of door prizes do­nated by 3 Bags Full, Peb­ble, Salsa Bar & Grill, The Tea Chest and Blondies Cuts & Curls.

At the end of the day, thanks to gen­er­ous com­mu­nity do­na­tions and the ladies who joined us for the tea, we raised a grand to­tal of $3,778.49 - a re­sult way be­yond our ex­pec­ta­tions.

The funds will be used to as­sist chil­dren and their fam­i­lies of the Dou­glas re­gion who are fac­ing the chal­lenges of ter­mi­nal or de­bil­i­tat­ing ill­ness or in­jury.

We grate­fully ac­knowl­edge all the peo­ple and busi­nesses who made the tea such a suc­cess.

We look for­ward to do­ing it again next year so don’t give those tea cups away just yet.

KIND will be host­ing a hydration sta­tion on Satur­day at the Port Dou­glas Car­ni­vale Beach Day.

Come down and visit us to show your sup­port.

Pic­ture: NEIL WEAVERS

En­joy­ing a cuppa: Tara Ben­nett and Chelsea Mee at the Mother’s Day High Tea

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