Locals from the Yandaran region and beyond are being invited to raise funds for the Cancer Council while supporting those impacted by the disease at a special community event this Saturday.
The Communities Caring About Cancer morning tea has been organised by Jennifer Hinton for her neighbour Tracey Richardson who was recently given a terminal bowel cancer diagnoses.
“I have known Tracey for about 10 years,” Jennifer said.
“When I found out about her diagnoses I was just devastated for her and her family and wanted to do as much as I could to offer some support.”
Jennifer has organised a Communities Caring About Cancer morning tea for Tracey, and others who have been impacted by cancer, to help build a strong network of support for those in need.
“Cancer is an illness that has touched many and in honour of our loved ones we want to gather to rally around one of our own who has recently been diagnosed with this terminal illness,” she said.
“Through community spirit and connection we show our love and support.”
Jennifer said the morning tea would be held on the same day as the Relay for Life event which raised funds for the Cancer Council each year.
“Tracey was really hoping to be part of Relay for Life this year but because of her deteriorating condition she is unable to do the walk,” she said.
“So instead, we will bring the community to her and we ask those who have, or are currently travelling this same road, to gather for a cuppa and cake at the Yandaran Hall to share your experiences and provide a friendly word.”
Having previously been through her own personal experience with cancer, Jennifer said she knew how important it was to build a strong support network.
“When my husband was diagnosed with Leukaemia we found that there wasn't a lot of support out there,” she said.
“This morning tea will provide a welcoming space for Tracey and others who have been impacted by cancer to come together for a cuppa, some cake and a chat.”
Jennifer said the event had received plenty of support from local businesses who wanted to lend a helping hand.
“The Yandaran Hall has been donated by CWA,” she said.
“A few other sponsors supporting the morning tea include Cha Cha Chocolate through the donation of a hamper to raffle, Indigenous artist Julie Appo who is making fundraising ribbons to sell on the day, Woolworths, Coles, The Cheesecake Shop, Joe's Roadhouse and Picture Perfect Decorators.”
The Communities Caring About Cancer morning tea will be held at the Yandaran CWA Hall from 10am to noon.
All funds raised will go to the Cancer Council.