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Initially aiming at attracting at least 100 people to a High Tea experience at the Intercontinental Adelaide, CF Mummy Emmah Evans ended up hosting a beautiful High Tea fundraiser for more than 300 people two weeks ago.
Cystic Fibrosis is one of the most common diseases that affects both men and women. It is a deadly disease with an average life expectancy of 37, and primarily affects the respiratory and digestive systems of the body. While most people with CF may be lucky enough to survive their childhood and enter the teenage years with the disease, it warrants lifelong treatments so that those suffering from CF can perform some of the most basic functions such as breathing with a lessened level of pain. There is currently no medical cure for CF, but with the advances in medical research, it is estimated that human clinical trials will soon be in a reality in the near future, which should hopefully provide hope to the 70,000 people worldwide who are currently braving this disease as they lead their life one day at a time.
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.
I was invited to this fantastic event, where we were treated to delicious cakes, cookies, and other desserts, while concurrently participating in the fundraiser to donate proceeds towards the Cystic Fibrosis foundation, as well as Emmah Evan's own fundraiser - Fearless 4 CF.
Emmah is a 29 year old woman who has been living with Cystic Fibrosis all her life. Having been told that she wouldn't live past her 5th birthday, Emmah has accomplished so much in a matter of years, including winning Girlfriend Magazine's 'Girlfriend of the Year' in 2005, becoming a motivational speaker who participated in the One Young World global leadership forum most recently being appointed as Ambassador of the Cure4CF Foundation's Cystic Fibrosis.
Towards the end of the event, I had a chance to briefly speak to Emmah, while she signed a copy of her book for me. What an inspirational person with a zest for life. Emmah has accomplished so much — being welcomed with open arms to a family that happily adopted her shortly after she was placed in foster care, surviving school and its bullying phase that most children unfortunately experience, falling in love with a man who loves her back for who she is, starting a family, having two beautiful kids, and even taking up the challenge to face one of her strongest fears - shark cage diving! She is also an author, a model, and a blogger - what a full-on life but I can relate, because it's much better to have so many things going on at once and be good at it, rather than wasting time and life away aimlessly.
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 event was hosted by Channel Ten's Rebecca Morse, who ran the process of the High Tea with speeches from Emmah, in addition to directing guests towards some of the items up for purchase through a fundraiser. It was amazing to see how many people were lining up to contribute towards this cause. In the background, we also had the honor of having The Voice finalist, Sarah Lloyde, to provide us with top quality live entertainment with her soulful voice and soothing tunes.
A small but hardworking team of florists, interior designers, and party planners came together to put this event together and make us feel lavishly spoilt at the Intercontinental Adelaide. A number of local businesses included: