Words by Fatema Sitabkhan
Receiving an invite to my first ever High Tea experience, I walked in feeling nervous and unsure of what to expect and left with a newfound appreciation for a woman who has taken an incredible journey through life so far.
Cure 4 Cystic Fibrosis (Cure4CF) and ‘CF Mummy’ Emmah Evans joined forces together to set up a charity / fundraising event at the Intercontinental Adelaide. There were about 300 people who came together to enjoy a beautiful High Tea to raise funds for Cure4CF, in addition to contributing towards Emmah Fearless campaign.
Cystic Fibrosis (CF) is one of the most common diseases that men and women face, where the respiratory and digestive systems of the body are compromised (majorly) and often require lifelong treatments via doctor visits and (roughly) 40 tablets a day to be able to perform the functions of these systems. There is currently no medical cure for battling this disease, however, researchers are hoping to be ~5 years away from human clinical trials for a drug / cure that may potentially save lives of approximately 70,000 people suffering from CF on a worldwide basis.
Emmah is a 29 year old beautiful woman who has been living with Cystic Fibrosis all her life. With an average life expectancy of 37, Emmah has defied the odds by not only surprising her doctors (who said that she wouldn’t live past her 5th birthday), but has also accomplished what most people only dream to achieve across their lifespan. Emmah is a motivational speaker and her speech left the entire room teary-eyed. It was exhilarating to meet and hear from someone like Emmah, who has a zest for life that is most recently become a bit of a rare sighting in today’s world. Emmah has also built a successful family life for herself, by being a wife and mother to two gorgeous children. She is also an author, a model, blogger, and has also been appointed with the prestigious role as Ambassador of the Cure4CF Foundation. As she eloquently mentioned in her speech, those living with CF shouldn’t have to live with the fear of knowing their “expiry date”.
The High Tea was hosted by Channel Ten’s Rebecca Morse, who provided guests with insights about Emmah’s journey with CF thus far. She also pointed out the amazing offers that were available via the silent auction and raffles. Guests were also treated to fun, upbeat, and soulful tunes courtesy of The Voice finalist Sarah Lloyde, who brought further positivity to the ambience of the event.
The decor of the ballroom at the Intercontinental Adelaide was put together by a number of local businesses, such as Style Pallet Co. who was involved with creating the personalized table seating arrangement board outside the ballroom, Botanic Phlox who used vibrant-colored flora and flowers to bring life to the tables, Blooming Decor Adelaide for the custom initials rose flower wording, and Harper & Co. who created a custom Rose Flower Wall so that memories could be made and shared across social media platforms.
Special thanks to media sponsor Girl About Town for inviting us to this event. We wish Emmah Evans aka CF Mummy to hit her goal of her “Fearless” campaign and we cannot wait to see what future success awaits you!
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