Longest table - An event to remember

The shearing shed at the Sampson family farm was transformed for the Longest Dinner.
The shearing shed at the Sampson family farm was transformed for the Longest Dinner.
Host Beth Wilson ready for the big event.

Host Beth Wilson ready for the big event.

The Longest Table is an initiative of groups representing cancer research, including The Hospital Research Foundation, Australian Breast Cancer Research and Australian Prostate Cancer.

This year, on June 20, dozens of people around the state hosted a Longest Table event, whether it was a lunch or a dinner.

Two such events were held on Kangaroo Island.

Local Penneshaw identity Beth Willson decided to host a luncheon with her good friend from the mainland Helen Mathieson. Twenty two ladies joined the event and the group raised $1250 as well.

Beth and Helen prepared the food and featured arancini balls, carrot and parsnip soup, King George whiting, slow-baked Black Angus Fillet, Pork belly, or Salmon, all served with vegetables and salad, and with four wonderful desserts to top it off, including vanilla custard, citrus tart, chocolate and salted caramel tart or a fruit platter.

Host Beth Willson serving desserts.

Host Beth Willson serving desserts.

Everyone knows someone who has been touched by cancer, and it is one of the most heartbreaking diseases affecting Australian families.

With the support from people involved in the Longest Table, researchers can work on finding better treatments and ultimately a cure for common cancers like breast cancer, prostate cancer, bowel cancer, oesophageal cancer and many more. In hosting the function, Ms Willson hopes it will be the first of many on KI.

The other KI event was hosted by Marissa Sampson and her friend Bonnie Schofield, and their Longest Table Dinner was held in the shearing shed on the Sampson family property.

Ready to enjoy their lunch are: from right - Maree Lade, Prue Trethewey, Cathy Molloy, Bev Willson, Judy Mansell, Margaret von Doussa.

Ready to enjoy their lunch are: from right - Maree Lade, Prue Trethewey, Cathy Molloy, Bev Willson, Judy Mansell, Margaret von Doussa.

With an amazing amount of support from mum Christine Sampson, Marissa and Bonnie served a three course meal for 40 family and friends. “The evening started with a toast to all those who are, were and have battled with cancer. Cancer is not only an emotional journey for the patient, but for the family and close friends as well,” Ms Sampson said.

“Bonnie and I decided to host a Longest Table Dinner as we have both seen the emotional and physical effects cancer can have on family and we saw the dinner as an “excuse” to get family and friends together to not only raise awareness but funds to help find a cure for cancer,” she said. “We would not have been able to host such a successful dinner without the generosity of our guests,” she said.

Longest lunch guests enjoying the day.

Longest lunch guests enjoying the day.

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