Gourmet to Go owner and operator Fiona Guihot, left, and Donna Van Haren at the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party on Sunday afternoon.
Gourmet to Go owner and operator Fiona Guihot, left, and Donna Van Haren at the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party on Sunday afternoon.

Hats off for fundraisers

THERE was a touch of Wonderland in Shoppingworld’s Link on Sunday afternoon as Gourmet to Go hosted a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party to raise money for the Indianna Allen Appeal.

Guests were invited to attend wearing their favourite fancy hat for an afternoon of food, tea and fun with a portion of ticket sales from the event being donated to the Indianna Allen Appeal.

Event organiser and Gourmet to Go owner and operator, Fiona Guihot, said the afternoon was a great success and attracted a good crowd.

“It was really well received,” she said, “we had about 35 to 40 women and so far we’ve raised probably about $400, but we’ve also got donations going on this week as well so hopefully we can bring it up a little more still.

“We started at 2.30pm and most people stayed about two hours, we had beautiful food, little tartlets; it was great.”

Guests enjoyed an exquisite selection of sweet and savoury treats along with a range of teas and coffee throughout the afternoon. Prizes were also awarded for the best hats.

Ms Guihot had the idea for hosting a charity event when she saw a flyer from the Indianna Allen Foundation and wanted to do something to help.

“We’ve got our big beautiful table here and thought we’d do a fundraiser for her,” Ms Guihot said.

“It was a really good day; I love this sort of thing.”

Ms Guihot said given the success of Sunday’s event, she was interested in possibly hosting future charity events.

“We’re going to try to do these things maybe seasonally with maybe a different theme and a different charity each time,” she said.

The Grafton Community has rallied behind the Indianna Allen Appeal, which is raising money to support Indianna, a toddler awaiting a life-saving liver transplant.

The appeal was started by Pastor Greg Holder from Riverside Church, South Grafton, with the money raised being used to support Indianna and her family with living and medical expenses. The appeal has so far raised more than $14,000.



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