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Fundraiser in Lethbridge for Cancer Council

Lethbridge resident Abbie Booth has spearheaded a function that raised almost $7000 for the Cancer Council.

Abbie, with the help of her family and friends, hosted an Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea function at the Lethbridge Hall on May 21, bringing together a large group of people from the local area and beyond. Children’s entertainment, a raffle featuring more than 30 donated prizes, delicious food and demonstrations were all part of the event that raised $6939.15.

Abbie’s motivation for organising the event was to show support for her father Russell and niece Jessica who are currently fighting cancer. She has also lost her grandmother and two aunties to the disease.

“Jess was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia in February 2016, at the age of three. 

She has been in and out of hospital in New Zealand with blood transfusions, chemotherapy, operations and so much more,” Abbie said. “No child or anyone should have to go through what Jess is going through.

“My Dad was diagnosed with prostate cancer in May 2013, and by June 2014 the cancer had spread to his pelvis and lumber spine. He has been in and out of the Andrew Love Cancer Centre in Geelong too many times to count, with many visits to hospital. Currently there is no cure for this cancer.

All we can do is help with the pain management and some hormone treatment.

“I decided this event would be a good way to show support for my family and at the same time raise as much money as possible for the Cancer Council,” Abbie said. “I wanted to help by raising much-needed funds to help find a cure and win the battle.”

Abbie said she was overwhelmed by the support she received in the lead-up to the event and on the day. “My parents Sue and Russell worked hard alongside me, as well as my amazing friends, whose help made the day possible. I’m so grateful to all of them for their help, to the people who donated goods and services, and to everyone who came along to make it such a successful event.”