The Greek Taverna (Helen Cayas)
2008 Lunch for Lung Cancer's top fundraiser
Meet Helen Cayas and her family. Helen and her community of family and friends raised more than $7000 in November with a fabulous "Greek Taverna" event in Lakemba Sydney and their event is our top fundraiser for 2008.
Helen and her family are very proud of their Greek heritage and what better way to celebrate but with a fabulous feast of Greek food and lots of dancing.
"We had so much fun on the night and it was wonderful to see my children dancing to the traditional Greek songs and music that I danced to as a child – I really relived my childhood" Helen said. "My aunties and uncles danced the night away in between bidding for silent auction items and buying raffle tickets".
"I'm very grateful for the love and support I receive from all of my family and friends and this is my way to easy suffering and try to give hope to others" Helen said.
This isn't the first time Helen and her family and friends have raised funds for The Australian Lung Foundation's patient carer network.
In 2007, Helen hosted her first Lunch for Lung Cancer event for more than 230 guests and raised an astounding $26,000!
"I thought it was an excellent way to raise awareness (and money) for lung cancer and I also wanted to remove some of the stigma associated with lung cancer and lung cancer survivors" Helen explained.
Sydney 2GB radio host Chris Smith spoke about the need for lung cancer awareness, and entertainer Steve Philp brought the house down with his comical routines.
"One of our auction items was a pair of budgies in a cage and they sold for $900!" Helen said.
Helen was diagnosed with Stage 4 Non Small Cell Lung Cancer – adenocarcinoma in May 2006 – one week before her 41 st birthday.
Last Updated (Sunday, 20 February 2011 13:23)