Mad Hatters wanted for a cuppa

A Mad Hatter tea party fundraiser will help establish a website for the Ryan Saunders Foundation. Ryan died at Rockhampton Hospital on September 26, 2007.
A Mad Hatter tea party fundraiser will help establish a website for the Ryan Saunders Foundation. Ryan died at Rockhampton Hospital on September 26, 2007.

YOU don’t have to jump down a rabbit hole to be part of this Mad Hatters afternoon tea party.

Dress up in a Mad Hatters crazy hat and bring along your quirkiest cup to enjoy a range of homemade goodies at the afternoon tea, hosted by the Ryan Saunders Foundation.

The event will be held at Marist College, starting from 2pm tomorrow.

“It is a day to sit down and have a cuppa with friends and support a local charity while giving recognition to local nurses,” Ryan’s mother Donna Saunders said.

“We will be presenting a cheque to nurses from the Emerald Hospital from funds raised previously for them to buy items on their wishlist.”

Donna said to wear “something creative on your head,” whether it be a hat or fascinator and bring along a cup that “looks special” especially those handmade gifts from children, as there were prizes for the craziest hat and quirkiest tea cup.

Genesis Hair Design will put on a fashion parade, showing off the latest styles from the Spencer Lacey clothing range, and there will also be lucky door prizes and a multi-draw raffle with accommodation for two up for grabs.

Tickets are $20 per person and are available from HHH Partners, located at 39 Anakie St.

Limited seating is available and tickets must be pre-bought.

The Ryan Saunders Foundation is hosting the afternoon tea party to raise money for establishing a website for the foundation, which Donna said was in its early stages of development.

“The website is to raise awareness and provide links to health services,” Donna said.

“People can donate money to the Foundation and it will direct people to other sites for medical research.”

This was the first fundraising event since the Ryan Saunders Foundation was set up and Donna said it would hopefully receive support from the community for future events.

The Foundation was established in September 2008 in memory of Ryan Saunders who died in Rockhampton Hospital on September 26, 2007.

An autopsy found Ryan died from undiagnosed Group A Streptococcal Infection Toxic Shock and the Saunders claim he was not seen by a doctor for 12 hours, contributing to his death. In February this year it was announced Queensland coroner Michael Barnes would conduct an inquiry into the controversial case after more than three years of campaigning by Ryan’s parents Terry and Donna and supporters.

No date has been confirmed for the inquest.

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