High tea to raise funds for cystic fibrosis victims

By Madeleine Caccianiga

The Long family will head to Melbourne this month to participate in the 65km for Cystic Fibrosis event, hoping to hand deliver a Shepparton donation from next Saturday’s high tea at Emerald Bank.

It will be the third time the family has ‘‘walked the walk’’ in support of Jackson, 14, and Kira Benning, 12.

‘‘They are my cousin Lisa’s kids — they both have cystic fibrosis and they’re in and out of hospital all the time, but they’re just an amazing family,’’ event organiser Helen Long said.

Each year the family adds to its donation to encourage awareness.

‘‘I just felt that even though we pay our registration for the 65km for Cystic Fibrosis, I just feel that’s not enough,’’ Mrs Long said.

‘‘This year it’s a high tea at The Windmill Cafe and I can’t believe the support from local businesses who have jumped on board to donate or help out.’’

Money from the fundraiser will go directly to the Monash Health Foundation for research or clinical improvements for tackling the disease.

‘‘There’ll be lot of beautiful food, people will get a glass of wine on their way in, unlimited tea and coffee, door prizes and a raffle that will be drawn at the walk,’’ Mrs Long said.

Craft items and homemade sauce and preserves will be available to purchase on the day.

‘‘We’ve got tomato sauce, jams and relish and then handcrafted things,’’ Mrs Long said.

She said there were many worthy causes and she would like to see Shepparton become a regular donor to finding a cure for cystic fibrosis.

‘‘This year we have kept it quite small but things can only get bigger, so come and join us for a great cause,’’ she said.

The High Tea will be held at The Windmill Cafe at Emerald Bank, Kialla on Saturday, March 2, at 3pm.

For more information or to purchase a ticket, phone Helen Long on 0438213526 or email [email protected] by Monday, February 25.