A Stirling effort in the fight against breast cancer

Published on LEUT Gary McHugh (author), Unknown (photographer)

Location(s): Perth, WA

A 'hospitality team' from HMAS Stirling, pictured here with MasterChef’s Rachel McSweeney, volunteered their time and efforts to raise money for breast cancer research. (photo: Unknown)
A 'hospitality team' from HMAS Stirling, pictured here with MasterChef’s Rachel McSweeney, volunteered their time and efforts to raise money for breast cancer research.

Some of Perth’s finest chefs, including a few from HMAS Stirling, donated their time and culinary skills for the recent Breast Cancer Care WA Long Table Lunch.

To help prepare for the event, which took place in April, Navy chefs gained valuable experience at King’s Park’s Fraser’s Restaurant, under the watchful eye of Executive Chef Chris Taylor.

Breast Cancer Care WA fundraising coordinator Deida Nicholls said the spirit and generosity of the volunteers was awe inspiring.
 
“Breast Cancer Care WA was humbled by the spirit and generosity of Stirling personnel,” she said.
 
“It’s this type of support that helps make the event so amazing.
 
“It was wonderful seeing the representation of white navy uniforms throughout the event supporting the chefs.”
 
Ms Nicholls said breast cancer is the most common type of cancer affecting women, with more 15,000 women expected to be diagnosed with the condition this year.

The Long Table Lunch is Breast Cancer WA Care’s premier fundraising event in the fight against the disease, with more than 700 supporters/diners coming together at the Claremont Showgrounds for a feast to remember.

“Having the Navy involved in this year’s event helped raise a further $6,000 toward the final tally of $315,000,” Ms Nicholls said.
 
Over the past ten years the annual event has raised more than one million dollars. This is the sixth year that Stirling has participated.