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High hopes for glamour-filled fundraiser

FOLLOWING the success of last year’s event, Ultimate High Tea for Hope is back in 2016 and is expected to be bigger and better than ever.

The fundraiser will be held at Blundstone Arena in Bellerive on Saturday 29 October, commencing at 2pm.

Founder and event coordinator Katrina Driessen said as the event would coincide with the Melbourne Cup Carnival’s Derby Day, “glitz and glamour” race wear style was the theme for 2016.

“It is just amazing to be in our fourth year and to have the community’s support, which has continued to grow,” she said.

“The fundraiser started from a little idea because I loved high teas and started organising one for friends and it has just gone from there.

“Last year’s event was a sell out and is set to be again this year.”

This year, Ultimate High Tea for Hope will be raising money for the Salvation Army’s new program, “Salvos’ School Tours”.

The project will educate year nine and 10 students on the realities and complex issues surrounding homelessness, addiction, domestic violence and poverty.

Through full-day tours, students will learn how these social issues impact on the community.

The tours will include presentations, simulations and activities facilitated by Salvation Army staff and volunteers.

Students will hear inspirational stories from clients who have recovered from difficult situations, and will also visit the Bridge Program in New Town to learn about rehabilitation centres.

Ms Driessen said the goal for this year’s Ultimate High Tea for Hope event was to raise more than $15,000 to fund 10 school tours in 2017.

“This will be a great start for this great initiative and there are already a couple of schools lined up to take part,” she said.

Tickets are on sale online via the Ultimate High Tea for Hope’s website, www.highteaforhope.com

Caption: Pictured at the 2015 fundraising event are members of the Ultimate High Tea for Hope organising committee, top row, from left, Hayley Clark, Sharyn Hill, Katrina Driessen and Megan Lyall, and front row, from left, Brook Hill and Ash Boxall.