29 June 2017
Over the weekend of 3–4 June 2017, the Hilton Adelaide sprang to life with over 4,000 people joining national sensation, The High Tea Party! Cancer Council SA was thrilled to be the official Charity Partner for this unique event, proudly presented by The Australian Women’s Weekly.
More than your typical high tea, this indulgent event served up delicious high tea in a five star setting, whilst guests feasted their eyes on stunning fashion parades. Plus, everyone enjoyed exclusive offers in the retail markets and descended into bliss at the mini pamper stations as well.
But what made the event so unique, was seeing ten Cancer Council Ambassadors get pampered with hair, make-up and personal styling, before valiantly taking to the catwalk over 11 fashion parades. Some are currently undergoing treatment, while others have completed theirs, but all were celebrating at this empowering event and we could not have been more proud of them!
Each participant wowed the large, supportive crowd, with some choosing to walk alongside carers or treasured family members. We started with the inspiring story of 34 year old Ambassador, Ryan on the large screen, before Ryan and his beautiful wife, Helen, took to the catwalk in an incredibly moving show of unity against this devastating disease.
When initially approached to be part of the event, Ambassador, Keran, was reluctant, fearing that as an amputee she may “burden the parade”. In actual fact, her appearance with her daughter, Satorri was nothing short of uplifting and she stole the show with her booty shake at the end of the runway!
Another highlight, was seeing Louise, who is currently undergoing cancer treatment and hasn’t had a haircut in six months, have her hair trimmed. As Louise recalls, “Even though there wasn't much hair to cut it felt so good! I could have sat there for hours and let Jo work on my new hairdo”.
The crowd was not only supportive, but it was clear that everyone in the room was genuinely moved and inspired by each of our Ambassadors, who shared their individual experiences and gave hope to many in the room who have been impacted by cancer in some way.
Between the hair and make-up artists and our incredible Ambassadors all volunteering their time, exhibitors contributing prizes for a very successful raffle, and generous crowd donations, over $4,000 was raised to help us continue our life-changing work.
For everyone who was involved with The High Tea Party, it became so much more than a day of pampering and relaxation. It will be etched in our minds as an unforgettable day where we were inspired by every day South Australians taking on extraordinary challenges with grace.
Corporate Partnerships Manager
Cancer Council SA