FORK­ING CAN­CER

Alpine Observer - - Front Page - By JUSTIN JEN­VEY

LORELEI Thomas is one of 600 hosts that have sup­ported The Hospi­tal Re­search Foun­da­tion’s an­nual can­cer fundraiser The Long­est Ta­ble.

Be­gin­ning in 2013, The Long­est Ta­ble has raised over $660,000 for can­cer re­search.

Ms Thomas, a nurse at Bright hospi­tal, this year set her goal at $5000, but for the sec­ond year in a row she smashed that mark and has now tal­lied well over $20,000 for the char­ity in her four years hold­ing a din­ner.

A BRIGHT woman has now raised over $20,000 by hold­ing a din­ner with friends for the past four years.

Lorelei Thomas is one of 600 hosts that has sup­ported The Hospi­tal Re­search Foun­da­tion’s an­nual can­cer fundraiser The Long­est Ta­ble.

Be­gin­ning in 2013, The Long­est Ta­ble has raised over $660,000 for can­cer re­search.

Ms Thomas, a nurse at Bright hospi­tal, has tal­lied $25,200 dol­lars for the char­ity in her four years as a din­ner host.

Last year she raised $7200 and set this year’s goal at $5000, but again smashed that mark reach­ing five fig­ures for the first time with a to­tal of $10,200.

“It’s the most I’ve raised by a long way which is amaz­ing, I would have been happy to get to some­thing sim­i­lar to last year,” she said.

“A lot of the lo­cal busi­nesses in Bright and Myrtle­ford sup­ported me by do­nat­ing some fan­tas­tic prizes which we raf­fled off, and I think it was the auc­tions which re­ally made a dif­fer­ence this year.”

The of­fi­cial night to host a Long­est Ta­ble is Satur­day, July 21, but Ms Thomas held hers on June 15.

Thirty-six peo­ple, in­clud­ing neigh­bours and work col­leagues, at­tended Ms Thomas’ mur­der mystery night with a 1920s theme.

“It was good fun, the ladies dressed in flap­per dresses and the men came in pin­stripe suits,” Ms Thomas said.

Ms Thomas has a sis­ter who is a breast can­cer survivor while her brother passed away from brain can­cer in 2014.

She said she sup­ports The Hospi­tal Re- search Foun­da­tion be­cause of the per­cent­age of money which goes di­rectly to find­ing a cure and sup­port­ing in­di­vid­u­als.

“For ev­ery $1 raised at a Long­est Ta­ble, The Hospi­tal Re­search Foun­da­tion pro­vides over $4 in grants to­wards life­sav­ing can­cer re­search and pa­tient care,” she said.

The Hospi­tal Re­search Foun­da­tion’s chief ex­ec­u­tive Paul Flynn said Ms Thomas and oth­ers like her are rais­ing much needed funds to find treat­ments for some of the most heart­break­ing forms of can­cer.

“Lorelei Thomas has been a loyal sup­porter and host of The Long­est Ta­ble for a num­ber of years now, rais­ing an in­cred­i­ble amount of funds for can­cer re­search,” he said.

“Her ef­forts are in­spi­ra­tional and it is peo­ple like Lorelei that will help our re­searchers be­come closer to sav­ing more lives.”

PHOTO: Justin Jen­vey

IN­SPI­RA­TIONAL: Lorelei Thomas (right) with her two sis­ters Adele (left), a breast can­cer survivor, and Michelle. Both trav­elled from Bris­bane to at­tend a re­cent fundraiser put on by Lorelei.

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