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High tea raises hope for blood cancer patients

THE Eastern Shore’s most anticipated High Tea will return bigger and better than ever this year to help raise funds for the Leukaemia Foundation’s new accommodation centre in Melbourne.

Now in its third year, the fundraising event, which has been renamed the ‘Ultimate High Tea for Hope’, will be held at Blunderstone Arena on 31 August.

With a new Halloween theme, the event will deliver another day of lively fancy dress, giving guests the option to “dress in a frock or come as a shock.”

Event organiser Katrina Driessan said she loved the thought of people having fun with themes.

“In past years we have had a Mat Hatter theme and an elegant high tea, so I thought this year it was time to have a bit more fun,” she said.

“We are expecting people to get creative and I cannot wait to see the designs people come up with.

“However, it’s not all about dressing up for Halloween so people are welcome to come in cocktail wear.”

Ms Driessan said this year’s High Tea for Hope had been made bigger and better than ever.

“We’ll have the gorgeous Victoria Hodgman as our Master of Ceremonies, as well as local Tasmanian duo Matt and CJ entertaining us with their music,” she said.

“We’ll also have a photo booth and a psychic, because not Halloween theme should be without one.”

All proceeds will go towards the Leukaemia Foundation’s new Building of Hope, which will help meet the special needs of blood cancer patients from Tasmania who are required to relocate to Melbourne for highly specialised and complex life-saving treatments.

“This new specially designed accommodation centre will provide Tasmanian patients and their families, at not cost, with a hygienic and relaxing living environment during the many weeks or months they are away from home undergoing treatment,” Ms Driessan said.

“The centre is due to open in mid-2016 and the Leukaemia Foundation urgently needs to raise funds for this important project.”

To donate, call 1800 HOME4U or visit www.buildingofhope.org.au.

For more information about the Ultimate High Tea for Hope, visit www.highteaforhope.com.