Rutherford Girl Guides and the Rutherford Interact Club organise high tea for Indigo Foundation

TIME FOR TEA: Rutherford Interact president Zoe Fletcher, Rutherford-Telarah Rotary past president Kevin Wilcher and Rutherford Girl Guides' Ember Rose.

TIME FOR TEA: Rutherford Interact president Zoe Fletcher, Rutherford-Telarah Rotary past president Kevin Wilcher and Rutherford Girl Guides' Ember Rose.

Men shunned from the exclusive cliques of that most delicate meal occasion, high tea, can join the fold at Lochinvar in aid of a good cause in October.

The Indigo Foundation High Tea will raise money to build infrastructure in South Sudan villages and provide higher education to its women, to help grow their communities in years to come.

The high tea is a joint project between Rutherford Girl Guides and the Rutherford Interact Club, the latter formed under the auspice of Rutherford-Telarah Rotary.

The thought of consuming dainty sandwiches and sprinkle laden cupcakes - over a steeping pot of earl grey no less -  challenged a few of the male members at first. Or at least had them eyeing the nearest pub.

But past president Kevin Wilcher is right on board and he wants other men in the community to embrace the event, with a nice firm handshake at the very least.

"They used to say real men don't eat quiche but that's not the case anymore," he said.

"You'll often find me at a cafe enjoying a coffee with a few of the boys."

The youth project is part of the Rotary club's concerted push to involve even more community members in its projects and at the same time share a bit of love with international causes.

"Indigo Foundation is a very worthy charity supporting women and children in some of the most impoverished places," Rotarian and project coordinator Gillian Weatherall said.

"It's about capacity-building, not just throwing money at a problem, so what's raised at the event will build crucial infrastructure like clean water supplies and community gardens.

"Indigo also helps educate women who can then go back to that village rather than take their knowledge elsewhere."

The youths will serve the high tea at the Lochinvar School of Arts Hall on Saturday, October 8 from 2pm to 4pm.

Sue Cunningham from Indigo will speak about the foundation's work.

Tickets are $25 a head. Call Gillian Weatherall on 0408 016 303 or Louise Whiteman on 0427 881 675. 

It's about capacity-building, not just throwing money at a problem, so what's raised at the event will build crucial infrastructure like clean water supplies and community gardens. - Gillian Weatherall

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