Cancer Council Victoria is thrilled to announce a new partnership with celebrity chef, Gary Mehigan. The popular TV personality and MasterChef judge will be supporting the Cancer Council's events and campaigns throughout the year, kicking off with a special fundraising event that Gary will be hosting at his restaurant, Fenix, on Thursday 21 March.
The event, 'Gary's Epicure' is set to raise $40,000; fantastic auction prizes will be available on the night, including dinner for six cooked by Gary in the winner's home. All proceeds will be channelled into cancer research, prevention programs and support services, like the Cancer Council Helpline, where experienced cancer nurses answer calls from members of the public affected – directly or indirectly – by a cancer diagnosis.
The Cancer Council is a cause close to Gary's heart, having lost his grandfather to liver cancer complicated by intestinal cancer. Gary explains,
"Everyone has been touched by cancer; it's a word that triggers our deepest fears; the prospect of illness, vulnerability, embarrassment, helplessness and of dying.
"There's something we can all do to help though - and that's to help raise much needed funds for cancer research and support services. I'm really proud to be an ambassador for Cancer Council Victoria - and would like to encourage Victorians across the state to help fundraise this year for the Cancer Council. Together, we're stronger in the fight against cancer".
Through Gary's partnership with the Cancer Council this year, he will be supporting Australia's Biggest Morning Tea – one of the Cancer Council's signature campaigns held in May. As part of his support, Gary has developed two new recipes (Bruschetta with avocado, tomato, hazelnuts & mozzarella and Fruit and nut fingers) to feature in press in the run up to the campaign.
Later in the year, Gary will also be fundraising for and entering a team for the Cancer Council's Relay For Life – a relay-style event where teams walk or run around a course overnight, fundraising for the Cancer Council's research, prevention programs and support services.
CEO for Cancer Council Victoria, Todd Harper, says, "We're absolutely delighted to have Gary on board as an official ambassador for our programs this year; his motivation for working with Cancer Council Victoria connects with a broad spectrum of our supporters. Gary also has a huge fan base so by raising awareness of the work we do, he'll be helping us convey our health messages and be championing our cancer research and support services for those Australians touched by cancer".
If you, like Gary, would like to support Australia's Biggest Morning Tea then please host a morning tea event - big or small - any time during May and invite friends or work colleagues to help fundraise. For more information or to register, text ‘tea' to 0400 867 867, visit www.biggestmorningtea.com.au or call 1300 65 65 85.