Hat­ters lunch for can­cer

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News -

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.”

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d466889

Vol­un­teers Ruth Sprague and Lisa Tobin-renel pre­par­ing cen­tre­pieces for the Long Ta­ble Lunch for Breast Can­cer Care WA.

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