Hatters lunch for cancer
FEW people were more excited about the theme of this year’s Breast Cancer Care WA (BCCWA) Long Table Lunch than Ruth Sprague.
Mad Hatters tea party is the theme for the 14th event at the Claremont Showground that will have centrepieces made by Ms Sprague and her team of volunteers.
“There’s so many things you can do with Mad Hatters,” Ms Sprague said.
“A lot of the tea cups have come from my own personal collection because I had an Alice in Wonderland-themed party three years ago and spent months collecting it all.”
Lisa Tobin-renel is one of the volunteers who has been helping to create the whacky pieces.
The BCCWA client and volunteer was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 2000, the year the organisation was formed.
“Back then I wasn’t aware of any sup-
port,” she said. “I called them in 2012 when I was diagnosed (again).
“I had been doing Purple Bra Day as a volunteer and the day I got diagnosed I called them.
“It had been 12 years (since I was first diagnosed) so I had to find new medical staff. I’ve been involved ever since as a volunteer and client.”
Ms Sprague said: “The Long Table Lunch is very important because it’s where the bulk of the money comes from.
“It’s great seeing so many women come together to help other women but we couldn’t do it without our blokes.”
Volunteers Ruth Sprague and Lisa Tobin-renel preparing centrepieces for the Long Table Lunch for Breast Cancer Care WA.