Trunk call to help Biggest Tea

Anna Gare, Sam Longley and Herb Faust with Perth Zoo’s Tricia the elephant, as they launch Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea. Picture: David Baylis www.communitypix.com.au d417804
Anna Gare, Sam Longley and Herb Faust with Perth Zoo’s Tricia the elephant, as they launch Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea. Picture: David Baylis www.communitypix.com.au d417804

The cooking duo are ambassadors for the 2014 Cancer Council Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea, which the pair helped launch at Perth Zoo last Thursday with a live cooking demonstration.

Mr Faust lost his mum to lung cancer 19 years ago and his sister was recently diagnosed with cervical cancer. He said his sister had surgery and was recovering well.

‘We’re just trying to give her as much food as we can,’ Mr Faust said.

Ms Gare said there appeared to be ‘something in the water’ in South Fremantle, where a lot of women had been diagnosed recently.

‘I recently lost a friend to cancer. We need to look after ourselves and stay healthy and help people recover,’ she said.

Mr Faust made red Thai curry chicken bites and Ms Gare a chia banana cake with yoghurt icing at the launch.

Comedian Sam Longley emceed the event while Perth Zoo’s 57-year-old elephant Tricia was a special guest.

Morning teas will be held throughout May with Cancer Council WA aiming to raise $1.6 million to support prevention programs, research and support services.

Beverley and Brian Chitty have been contributing to the morning tea coffers for 14 years.

Mrs Chitty, who was a guest speaker at the launch, lost her 63-year-old husband of 43 years to cancer in 1999.

‘When I lost my husband I decided to get involved and just got straight into it,’ she said.

The Chittys met through their respective losses and married in 2002.

After volunteering at morning teas in Mandurah for a few years, they moved to Ellenbrook and have organised that successful fundraiser for the past eight years.

Last year they raised $11,000 and are aiming for $20,000 when they host their High Tea on Monday, May 19 at the Salvation Army, a new venue that was sourced because the event got too big for the local bowling club.

The Chittys have secured singer Malcolm De Kauwe for entertainment.

Register to host an event at www.biggestmorningtea.com.au.