HIGH TEA: Cancer survivor Connie McKee is hosting a fundraiser on March 6 to help other women with breast cancer. The high tea is a chance to see the historic home Garowie.
HIGH TEA: Cancer survivor Connie McKee is hosting a fundraiser on March 6 to help other women with breast cancer. The high tea is a chance to see the historic home Garowie.

High tea at Garowie

ONE of Ipswich's most imposing heritage homes will be opened to the public in a high tea to help raise money in the fight against breast cancer.

Perched on top of a hill on Whitehill Rd, Garowie was first built in 1888 as the home of businessman and member of parliament James Cribb.

After his death in 1928, the massive home was turned into apartments and eventually fell into disrepair.

Ipswich real estate agent June Frank has been restoring Garowie to its former glory for more than a decade after buying the home in 2003.

The ground level and expansive grounds will be open to 100 people for the fundraiser on March 6, and June said it would be the final chance for the Ipswich public to see inside the home.

Some of the elaborate features include intricately-designed pressed metal ceilings and imported marble mantelpieces.

The high tea is the brainchild of cancer survivor Connie McKee, who will trek along the El Camino in Spain later this year.

All funds raised from the trek and events like the high tea will go to the Breast Cancer Network of Australia to help fund counselling and care packs for women with cancer.

Ms McKee chose to fundraise for the charity after receiving their care packages during her own cancer treatment in 2014.

"This is an organisation that says, 'well you need help right now'," she said.

Tickets for the fully-inclusive event are $100 and only 100 tickets are available.

Ms Frank, who donated the use of Garowie, said a key theme for the event was to raise awareness as well as raising funds.

"It honours the people who fought the fight," Ms Frank said.

"It honours the people that didn't make it."

The vintage-themed high tea will include a sweet treat cooking competition and a prize for best pink vintage outfit.

Phone Ms McKee on 0417 753 874 to grab a ticket. Tickets are also available from Walkers Real Estate.



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