TEA FOR CAUSE

The Gazette (Derwent Valley) - - FRONT PAGE - JAMES KITTO

A NEW Nor­folk cafe is help­ing the fight against child­birth in­juries in Africa by do­nat­ing prof­its from its high tea events.

New Nor­folk’s Glen Der­went Tea Room is host­ing High Tea for Ham­lin sit­tings this year with 10 per cent of pro­ceeds do­nated to the Cather­ine Ham­lin Fis­tula Foun­da­tion.

The non-profit or­gan­i­sa­tion, which first started in Ethiopia 60 years ago by founder Cather­ine Ham­lin, raises money to treat suf­fer­ers of fis­tula, an in­ter­nal in­jury caused by an ob­structed labour dur­ing child­birth.

Glen Der­went Tea Room owner Liz Virtue said it was re­ward­ing to sup­port a wor­thy cause.

“High teas are a very fe­male thing, and this is­sue is a very fe­male prob­lem,” she said.

“It seems fit­ting for us to get in­volved with this. Peo­ple seem to love our high teas and we are proud to sup­port a suit­able char­ity.”

Ms Virtue’s tea room is host­ing high tea events through­out spring, with $3.50 from ev­ery ticket go­ing to the Ham­lin Foun­da­tion.

Glen Der­went’s high tea event at the week­end raised more than $200 for the foun­da­tion af­ter ac­cept­ing do­na­tions and serv­ing 20 high teas.

Ham­lin Foun­da­tion CEO Carolyn Hardy said do­na­tions went a long way to help suf­fer­ers of fis­tula.

“Since the foun­da­tion was cre­ated, we’ve seen 55,000 women treated and their lives com­pletely re­stored as a re­sult,” she said.

“We are so grate­ful for the do­na­tions and money raised through high tea events which helps aid the re­duc­tion in fis­tula.” For more in­for­ma­tion and ways to do­nate, visit www.ham­lin.org.au.

TEA FOR TWO: Air­lie Moore and Lor­raine Nos­siter, both of New Nor­folk, at the High Tea for Ham­lin at Glen Der­went last week­end.

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