Serving it up for CF

Kate and Paul Spaapen have been hosting dinner parties for their friends and family every weekend, spending their spare time preparing for and then putting on a three-course meal for up to eight people, to raise money for Cystic Fibrosis (CF) research.

It is a cause close to their hearts; their son David (4) has CF.

�David was diagnosed at six weeks old,� Mrs Spaapen said.

�We didn�t have any family members who had it, but I knew of it because I am a nurse, but I never worked in that field.�

She said David�s medication and physiotherapy was just routine for the family.

�He takes medication daily and two sessions of physio a day; it has to be broken up otherwise it is a bit intense.

�We have been doing this since he was seven or eight weeks old, it is second nature.�

The family held dinner fundraisers last year, and decided to expand based on their success.

�Last year, we did two weekends and decided this year to do four weekends,� Mrs Spaapen said.

�I love to cook and we don�t get to go out much, so this was perfect for us. This year I tried something different and got out of my comfort zone with the meals.�

When Mrs Spaapen spoke to the Easter Reporter, the family were only $20 off their $1500 fundraiser goal.

The money was raised as part of Cystic Fibrosis WA�s annual 65 Roses campaign, which takes place in May.

To donate, go to https:// 65roseswa2015.everydayhero. com/au/kate.

For more information, visit www.65roseswa.org.au.