Raising a cuppa for local kids in need
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.
Enjoying a cuppa: Tara Bennett and Chelsea Mee at the Mother’s Day High Tea