Tea for a good cause

Lorraine Shand, Graham Dempsey O.A. and Kaye Threnoworth

Home-cooked delights are set to draw the crowds again at the annual McGrath Foundation high tea this week.

Melton Valley Rotary club will join the foundation to host its seventh annual afternoon tea at the Melton Community Hall raising money and awareness for breast care nurses.

Breast care nurses are health professionals who are specially trained to manage the care of breast cancer patients throughout the course of their treatment.

Event organiser Lorraine Shand said the event has grown in popularity over the years.

“When we started hosting high teas we had about 42 people come along,” Ms Shand said.

“Now we’re catering for about 160 people.

“It’s all home-cooked food made by our Rotary members and we have guest speakers to talk to people about the work that these nurses do.”

There are 119 McGrath Breast Care Nurses in mostly regional and rural communities around the country where such treatment may be hard to find.

They rely on fundraising to continue and expand their services, Ms Shand said.

There will be a raffle, auctions and stall as well as tea and treats during the high tea.

Ms Shand said last year’s event raised nearly $7000 and organisers hope to repeat the same success this year.

“There will be gentlemen wearing pink bow ties and gloves and serving tea,” she said.

“It’s a great event.”