Iluka woman’s centrepieces to take centre stage at long table lunch

Ruth Sprague and Lisa Tobin-Renel with one of the centrepieces for the lunch. Picture: Andrew Ritchie d466889
Ruth Sprague and Lisa Tobin-Renel with one of the centrepieces for the lunch. Picture: Andrew Ritchie d466889

FEW people were more excited about the theme of this year’s Breast Cancer Care WA (BCCWA) Long Table Lunch than Iluka’s Ruth Sprague.

Mad Hatters Tea Party is the theme for the 14th event at the Claremont Showground that will have centrepieces made by Ms Sprague and her team of volunteers.

“There’s so many things you can do with Mad Hatters,” Ms Sprague said.

“A lot of the tea cups have come from my own personal collection because I had an Alice in Wonderland-themed party three years ago and spent months collecting it all.”

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Lisa Tobin-Renel is one of the volunteers who has been helping to create the wacky pieces.

The BCCWA client and volunteer was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 2000, the year the organisation was formed.

“Back then I wasn’t aware of any support,” she said.“I called them in 2012 when I was diagnosed (again).

“I had been doing Purple Bra Day as a volunteer and the day I got diagnosed I called them.

“It had been 12 years (since I was first diagnosed) so I had to find new medical staff.

“I’ve been involved ever since as a volunteer and client.”

Ms Sprague has previously worked for BCCWA and supported Purple Bra Day through a business she owned and the Long Table Lunch was her favourite event.

Mad Hatters Long Table Lunch

WHERE: Claremont Showground
WHEN: Sunday, April 2 from 12pm
TICKETS: Buy tickets or volunteer here