Longest ever fun-draiser
A LOCAL businessman styling in a dashing purple suit with matching top hat, an intrigued crocodile and 22 women crammed into a Lexus were the star performers at the Sheraton Mirage Longest Lunch last Friday.
Trevor Sands was a standout winner of best dressed with his Mad Hatter-inspired suit - complete with the tags still attached - and raised more than $1200 for cancer, more than three times the amount of the other entrants.
‘‘The Mad Hatter doesn’t cut his tags off but I couldn’t have pulled it off without my wife’s children Michaela and Jackson who bought the hat for my 50th birthday recently,’’ he said.
‘‘Went to great extremes to look a bit different and raise more money for a very worthy cause.’’
A three-metre crocodile was looking for his own feast in the lake right next to where more than 300 people indulged on the delectable three-course menu.
Event organiser Jennifer Thompson, from A List Events, said a record $17,865 was raised for the Leukaemia Foundation during the day.
‘‘Lexus of Cairns donating $150 for every push-up Mayor Bob Manning did - he did 25 push-ups,’’ she said.
Taipans players Jamal Wilson and Cameron Tragardh also waltzed their way to a $1000 donation and 22 women squeezed into a GX 350 Lexus to raise $2200.
Television personality Ed Phillips chose not to follow the lead of last year’s special guest Cameron Williams who dived into the lake for a swim - much to the disappointment of the lurking saltie.