The Weekend Post - Cairns Eye - - Front Page - WO R D S :

Where were the tis­sues? That was the ques­tion on ev­ery­one’s lips at the Send Hope Not Flow­ers lun­cheon hosted an­nu­ally by Miller Har­ris Lawyers.

Ev­ery two min­utes, a woman dies from com­pli­ca­tions in child­birth. For the cost of a bunch of flow­ers you can send a Send Hope Not Flow­ers birth card and save the life of a mother. Guest speak­ers and co­founders of the or­gan­i­sa­tion, Tara Tauben­schlag and Emma Macdon­ald, shared the sto­ries of the women they have helped in the de­vel­op­ing world, pro­vid­ing med­i­cal at­ten­tion and baby bundles to places such as Pa­pua New Guinea, In­done­sia and the Solomon Is­lands.

An ed­u­ca­tional film had the room full of 271 at­ten­dees, in­clud­ing burly Cairns busi­ness­men, reach­ing for a nap­kin to dab away their tears.

Tara and Emma said they were grate­ful for the sup­port from Cairns busi­nesses and lo­cals. A phe­nom­e­nal $100,000 has been raised over the past five years to­wards the cause. A reg­u­lar to the lun­cheon, lo­cal mother Ali­son Wy­brow said the foun­da­tion re­ally hit home “when you have a two year old in per­fect health wait­ing at home for you”.

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