Funds gen­er­ated from ta­ble top sale ded­i­cated to help­ing fam­ily fight­ing can­cer

Cyprus Today - - NEWS - By YASEMIN GÜLPINAR

A REG­U­LAR Tatlısu “ta­ble top sale” which has al­ready gen­er­ated 30,000TL for good causes is be­ing ded­i­cated this month to help­ing a fam­ily of which three mem­bers are fight­ing can­cer.

Or­gan­iser Claire Lamb said Novem­ber’s sale at the Sea Breeze restau­rant and bar would raise money for the fam­ily “hit by com­plete tragedy”, with a mother and two daugh­ters di­ag­nosed with the dis­ease and cur­rently un­der­go­ing “in­va­sive and ex­pen­sive” treat­ment.

“The di­ag­no­sis is bad enough but the costs are crip­pling and add ex­tra stress to an al­ready hideous ex­pe­ri­ence — I know too well from per­sonal ex­pe­ri­ence about the ef­fects of this. The gov­ern­ment doesn’t have the money to sup­port this treat­ment so it is up to the fam­i­lies to buy the very ex­pen­sive drugs re­quired,” said Ms Lamb.

She urged sup­port­ers: “Not many of us are lucky enough to have lives that have not been touched by can­cer, so I’m hop­ing you will put out all the stops to help us help this poor fam­ily.

“Any money raised will go to ease the bur­den of health costs — be it for much needed tests, chemo or ra­dio­ther­apy. Please dig deep.”

The fam­ily are friends of Sea Breeze own­ers Claire and Mehmet Demir­taş, whose “gen­eros­ity” Mrs Lamb cred­ited with hav­ing en­abled the sales to raise funds over the last 18 months for causes in­clud­ing Ziyamet Spe­cial Needs School, the Olive Tree Ed­u­ca­tion and Sol­i­dar­ity As­so­ci­a­tion, the North Cyprus Can­cer Char­ity Trust (NCCCT), Save Vadili’s Dog project, the So­ci­ety for the Pro­tec­tion of Tur­tles (Spot) and dog res­cues by ex­pat Rob Ast­ley.

Ms Lamb said the res­tau­ra­teurs had pro­vided sale space and stor­age, set up ta­bles on the day of events and brought out and put away all the goods.

This month’s event is on Novem­ber 19 from noon to 4pm.

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