It’s that time of year again when the Weir family bakes their socks off in preparation for their annual ‘High Tea for a High Cause’; an event that brought light into a difficult time.
In August 2013, Sarah and Josh Weir were told that their daughter Evie Grace had neuroblastoma- the most common form of cancer in infants.
This is Evie - There's no higher cause than to save a child's life.
Evie spent the next four years facing the challenging side effects of chemotherapy, radiation, stem cell transplants, immunotherapy and multiple surgeries.
An overwhelming sense of helplessness and despair was channelled into doing something positive and this is where High Tea for a High Cause came in.
Remembering Evie and her special smile.
It’s an event that brings together the community of Western Sydney, raises awareness of childhood cancer and the many families it effects, while raising much needed funds for The Kids’ Cancer Project – a charity funding innovative scientific research to find cures for many different types of children’s cancer.
Sarah believes a greater investment in science is vital for finding a cure for cancer and for improving the outcomes of children who undergo gruelling treatment.
L-R Alicia, Sarah and Evie.
Evie was able to join her parents and older sister, Alicia, along with her grandparents, uncles, aunts and the extended community for the first two High Tea’s which her mum said ‘she loved going to’ before tragically passing away before Christmas 2017.
“Seeing Evie go through what she did, we know there needs to be a change,” says Sarah. “The fact that she had so much treatment at such a young age, even if she had had survived it, we would most definitely have seen side-effects down the track.”
They are now more motivated than ever to continue High Tea for a High cause in Evie’s honour and despite the strange year that 2020 has served up and the current restrictions in place, they are keen to keep the momentum going with a ‘new way to high tea’ so everyone can continue celebrating an event that brought so much joy to Evie.
This year, the Weir’s will be hosting multiple high teas safely in their home and they want you to get involved too. They’re inviting you to host your very own High Tea for a High Cause Party at your place. This year, Sarah’s goal is to raise $10,000 and with your help, it is possible.
There’s never been a better excuse to throw a party! So, find out how you can get involved and start raising money for The Kids’ Cancer Project here.