News & Recipes

Doing It For Her Loved Ones

Mount Gambier resident Tayla O’Brien is hosting a Longest Table event in memory and also in honour of too many loved ones affected by cancer.

She heard about The Longest Table after becoming familiar with The Hospital Research Foundation (THRF) Group, through a shock cancer diagnosis.

“In 2022 I was lucky and unlucky enough to see firsthand the important work The Hospital Research Foundation Group does for South Australians living with cancer,” Tayla said.

“Unlucky because my mum was diagnosed with bowel cancer and lucky because it gave me insight into an incredibly important organisation that I otherwise knew very little about.”

Tayla’s loving mother had to travel to Adelaide to receive treatment and they stayed at an Under Our Roof home, which is accommodation for country cancer patients through THRF Group.

Tayla and her mum

“We were blessed to stay at one of the houses, which provided the comfort of home and normality to what is otherwise a period of upheaval to one’s life.”

Tayla signed up to host a Longest Table to not only raise funds for cancer research, but to also raise awareness for THRF Group.

She is hosting her event at her friend’s café, called Nalou Kitchen in Mount Gambier on Saturday 6 August.

“I’m planning a three-course meal consisting of a mixed entrée grazing board, a main course and dessert,” Tayla said.

“Our theme is called ‘Doing It For…’ and everyone can donate on behalf of a loved one if they want, or they can make a general donation for everyone!

“We will be raising funds via the ticket sales, and we’ve also got various raffles with amazing prizes generously donated by local businesses. Prizes include café vouchers, handyman services, local artwork and quilts, car detailing, fashion and more.

“I’m blown away by the support of our local businesses so I will also be having a board showcasing the amazing contributions they’ve made to the night.

“Family and friends’ workplaces are also hosting casual days and morning teas and donating in the lead up to my event – I’m truly blown away by the support we’ve received so far and have already surpassed our initial goal of $2,000!”

Tayla is now hoping to raise $5,000 to #ForkCancer.

“It will also be a celebration as my mum recently became cancer free,” Tayla said.

“1 in 2 Australians will be diagnosed with cancer. A future free from cancer means we don’t have to worry about who is next. It means no more families will suffer the pain of losing a loved ones in need and no more families will need to put their lives on pause while they fight the biggest fight.”

You can sign up and host your own event today! Click here to join others and #ForkCancer!