Mad Hatter joins Alice at tea party

WONDERLAND OF COLOUR: Cr David Pahlke, as the big Mad Hatter, is admired by a little Mad Hatter, Alex Moore.
WONDERLAND OF COLOUR: Cr David Pahlke, as the big Mad Hatter, is admired by a little Mad Hatter, Alex Moore. Contributed

EVEN the Mad Hatter got in on the act to raise money for Cancer Council Queensland yesterday at Australia's Biggest Morning Tea functions in Ipswich.

Cr David Pahlke, well known for his love of fancy dress, was one of 30 people at the Metro Hotel International Ipswich morning tea that raised $350 for the cancer council.

The hotel is well known for its involvement with charitable organisations in the city and there were several attendees dressed as Mad Hatters at the morning tea, along with an Alice in Wonderland.

The Ipswich Compassionate Friends group hosted the 14th annual Australia's Biggest Morning Tea at Ipswich Showground, which featured tasty treats, an array of entertainment and raffles.

Cancer Council Queensland fundraising co-ordinator Emma Morrissey said funds raised from Australia's Biggest Morning Tea events were invested in cancer research, prevention and early detection programs and patient support services such as accommodation facilities.

"Each year around 21,000 Queenslanders are diagnosed with cancer and, sadly, around 7000 Queenslanders will die from the disease," she said.

One in two Queenslanders will be diagnosed with cancer by the age of 85 and yesterday's morning teas were expected to raise more than $2.5 million in Queensland.

Meanwhile Cr Pahlke, as the Mad Hatter, added to the list of characters he has appeared as over the years, including Fred Flintstone, Bob the Builder and Willy Wonka. The QT understands he will be dressed as the Pink Panther at his next outing.



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