Wa-Hay! It’s The Mad Hatters Tea Party!

Hello Lifestylers! I’m campaigning! As you all know Lifestyle Fifty is about ageing well and living the good life. With the accent on living! But I’m betting that there aren’t too many people amongst us who haven’t been touched by the horrible Big C in some way or another. Whether you’ve had a cancer scare or a close friend or family member has had a scare or even died, it’s just awful to think about. I’m with you there. Breast Cancer Care WA, Mad Hatters Long Table Lunch But did you know that according to statistics over 1500 women in WA are diagnosed with breast cancer each year. That’s why whenever I can, I like to bring to the fore any events that raise money for organisations involved in research or supporting people with cancer.

Especially if they are close to my heart.

Breast Cancer Care WA is no exception, and the Long Table Lunch which will be held on April 2nd 2017 is the signature fundraising event to raise funds to provide free breast care nursing, counselling and financial assistance for Western Australians affected by breast cancer.

So as I’m Lovin’ Life right now (and I hope you are too) and I’m very grateful for good health, it’s a privilege to be able to do something to help raise funds for a worthy cause.

Play it forward

Please read on … and even if you don’t live in Perth, please consider making a donation to your local cancer care or cancer research organisation – wherever you are in the world.

The Long Table Lunch is hosted by top chefs

You’re Late! You’re Late for a Very Important Date! Well not quite yet! If you’re in Perth, tumble down the rabbit hole and join us for the Mad Hatters Long Table Lunch, which is back for its 14th year!

It promises to be weird, wacky and wonderful.

Guests are encouraged to dress to impress and embrace the magic of Wonderland. There’ll be a spectacular five-course meal crafted by WA’s top chefs (seen below devising the menu) that’s fit for the Queen of Hearts herself.

Breast Cancer Care WA, Mad Hatters Long Table Lunch

The menu draws on native Australian ingredients with a twist. Guests will enjoy a range of dishes including buckwheat risotto, pressed lamb belly, and a decadent chocolate dessert set to get tastebud’s tingling. Live entertainment, auctions and raffles, plus premium beverages will make the trip to wonderland complete.

The luncheon began in honour of Pippin Bath, a prominent member of the Perth catering industry, who lost her battle with breast cancer at age 37.

Skye Faithfull of Balthazar

One of the chefs donating their time is Skye Faithfull of Balthazar. Skye was diagnosed with breast cancer just before her 26th birthday, experiencing first-hand the effects that the disease has on everyday life. Three years on, she is looking forward to giving back to the community who supported her through her diagnosis.

“I have seen how rewarding and helpful fundraisers like the Long Table Lunch are on a personal level. It will be great to see a whole bunch of women and men band together, talk about what they’ve been through and just enjoy themselves on the day,” she said.

Breast Cancer Care WA, Mad Hatters Long Table Lunch

Skye’s fellow chefs above, include Chase Weber of Arthouse Dine and The Standard, Evan Hayter of Arimia Estate, Chris Taylor of Frasers, Patrick O’Brien of Hospitality and Trades West Coast Institute, Bob Rawlins of Innovations Catering, and Dan Masters of Rockpool Bar and Grill.

The Event Details

Date: Sunday 2 April 2017 | 12pm – 6pm

Where: Claremont Showground

Tickets:  $195 p.p. from Try Booking

About Breast Cancer Care WA Founded in 2000, Breast Cancer Care WA is a Western Australian charity that provides personalised emotional, practical and financial support to people affected by breast cancer. All of our services are free of charge and are also available to family and friends supporting someone diagnosed with breast cancer. 44 women are diagnosed with breast cancer every day in Australia.

For further information on Breast Cancer Care WA and the services they provide, please call  08 9324 3703.

Can you support this cause in any way Lifestylers? Even the smallest donation will help.

Breast Cancer Care WA

The Lovin’ Life Link Up

The Lovin’ Life Team

Kathy from 50 Shades of Age
Deb from Debbish
Leanne from Deep Fried Fruit
and oh yes, Me! at Lifestyle Fifty


  1. My niece is actually fundraising for the Breast Cancer Foundation as part of the Miss Galaxy quest and going in an upcoming fun run etc… It’s most definitely a very worthy cause!

  2. It is such a great cause Jo. I have been touched many times with friends and family having this dreaded disease. I would love to join in at the Mad Hatter’s Lunch, but I’m a little too far away I’m afraid!

  3. A great cause as my mum died from breast cancer 20 years ago. I always do the Mother’s day run with my daughter in memory of my mum and to support breast cancer. Thanks for shining a light on this terrible disease.

    • Hi Sue, I’m so sorry to hear that 🙁 But very happy to hear that you and your daughter do the Mother’s day run in her memory and to support the cause.

  4. writeofthemiddle says:

    What a fabulous event Jo! Shame I don’t live in Perth so I could attend! I’ve had an aunt and a sister-in-law have had breast cancer. Both have thankfully come out the other side alive! I’ve known others – friends and friends of friends who have not been so lucky. I always support this cause – every year. #TeamLovinLife

    • Hi Min, wouldn’t it be fun if a whole group of ‘mature bloggers’ could get together and campaign for The Mad Hatters Long Table Lunch! So glad that your aunt and sister-in-law have recovered. It’s an insidious disease 🙁

  5. Cancer has in one way or another touched all of us, if now ourselves directly, but a family member or friend, and anything that highlights-promotes-reminds us is a great event. In the case of the Chef’s Long Table you get to have a great day out too!

  6. robjodiefilogomo says:

    What a fun event!! It’s great when people come together to support a worthy cause!

  7. Sounds like a great event though I must admit the ticket price would put me off!

    • Hi Janet, yes it’s pricey but it promises to be an incredible experience – top chefs, degustation 5 course lunch, entertainment and more … and the money goes to the charity.

  8. Sounds like fun!

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