Meet our wonderful Ambassadors who are leading the charge in the fight against cancer!
Hayley & Lauren – Adelady
Our bright and bubbly Adelady girls, Hayley and Lauren, are back for their sixth year as TLT ambassadors! You may recognise the girls from their weekly TV show on Channel 9 or their magazine and socials celebrating the best of Adelaide! Raising an incredible $300,000 for cancer research in the last five years with partners G-Fresh, they are continuing to #ForkCancer to stop the heartbreak this terrible disease causes families.
Channel 9 news presenter Will McDonald is a proud ambassador for cancer research. At only 42, Will was given a life-changing prostate cancer diagnosis. Early in Will’s journey, he was given frank news about his diagnosis: it is incurable. He would only ever be in remission. But his positivity means he wasn’t about to accept that outlook; and with medical research, he knows he has hope.
SA Woman of the Year Award in the Rise Up category, Megan Potter, is joining the fight against cancer. Megan is a triple threat beauty therapist, makeup artist and personal stylist, and began her business bearing her name in 2013 as a personal stylist. She has since grown her small styling business into a successful organic cosmetics company. Like most of us, Megan has loved ones whose lives have been affected by cancer. That’s why Megan is going to #ForkCancer with her ticketed event at Adelaide Zoo in August! Join Megan for a one-of-a-kind jungle experience and fundraise for lifesaving research. Purchase your ticket here!
We’re excited to welcome the dynamic Adelaide Thunderbirds player, Elle McDonald, to #ForkCancer. Elle is a fighter on the court in her role as wing attack and centre, and we know she will be bringing that same fighting grit and determination to raise funds for cancer prevention, detection, treatment and eventually, a cure! We are proud to have Elle as the face of our Principal Charity Partnership between The Hospital Research Foundation Group, Netball SA and Adelaide Thunderbirds in 2022.
Trish is a fighter! In August of 2015 at 46 years old she was diagnosed with aggressive breast cancer. Fortunately, after a course of aggressive treatments Trish received the greatest news of all, she was cured. Now she is determined to see research continue to save the lives of others diagnosed with the heartbreaking disease. She’ll be hosting her sixth Longest Table this year to raise more vital funds for cancer research.
Trish’ host tip? Approach local businesses to donate items to auction off on the night, get an auctioneer involved and you’ll raise more funds whilst also having a great time!
For Sarah it’s her personal motivation that drives her to host a Longest Table each year. Unfortunately, her mother is battling breast cancer, her father is undergoing treatment for skin cancer and Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma in his bowel and her 30-year-old brother had his eye removed two years ago from a rare optical melanoma. Coming into her fourth year of hosting, Sarah is determined to raise more lifesaving funds to stop the heartbreak of cancer.
Her tip? Approach local businesses! I cannot believe the support I received from so many businesses donating prizes, food and drink on the night.
Having worked in medical research for over 20 years, Kathryn knows just how vital the funds you raise are in helping our researchers find a cure and improve treatments for cancer. Starting small in her first year of hosting, Kathryn has since grown her events to include themes and raffles to encourage more donations from her guests.
She has some advice for you too – have fun with it! Keep your Longest Table within your comfort zone, people are there to support a cause you believe in.
Brenton has been hosting a Longest Table since inception!
Having had loved ones touched by cancer, Brenton sees The Longest Table as a great way to give to a good cause whilst having fun at the same time – as he says it’s easier than running a marathon!
Brenton’s hot tips for your Longest Table success? Get a good group of friends together, plan well and don’t stress too much about the cooking – less is more!
Paula is passionate about finding a cure for cancer. Her first Longest Table was in 2020 when she hosted a small lunch at home with close friends to celebrate the birthday of a friend who had been battling cancer for over 20 years. Sadly in 2021, this friend lost her battle to this heartbreaking disease and her father suffered a stroke, making her Longest Table efforts even more meaningful.
Paula’s host tip – Your event can be as big or small as you like – it can anything you like really! Whether it’s a small birthday party, a quiz night, an intimate dinner, the focus is not on how grand your event is, but rather the contribution that it makes in the fight against cancer!
Joining us as a host in 2021, Mia is passionate about making a difference in the community. Her mum, Paula Vidale and cousin, Haylee Faggionato, decided to get involved and hold a Longest Table lunch last year, in honour of a close family friend who lost her battle with breast cancer in July 2021. With a love for entertaining and so many supportive friends and family donating food and prizes, hosting a Longest Table was easy!
Mia’s hot tip? Make sure you event is something that everyone can get involved with. We wanted to show people that even having a small event at home can make a difference.