A wall to honour, remember and celebrate those who have had cancer celebrated its 25th year at William Barrett and Sons annual Australia’s Greatest Morning Tea last month.
The Wall of Honour once known as the Survival Wall has been lovingly organised for the past 15 years by Bunbury counsellor Laurissa Knowles who looks forward to the event each year.
“It’s a chance for people who attend on the day to honour people that have been through the journey of cancer, and so they place their name on a cup and put it on the wall and it’s lovely to watch all day as people come past,” she said.
“The thing I find with running it is that they share a lot of their stories, they’ll tell me about their mum who had breast cancer or how far treatments have come when they talk about things that happened in the past and things that happen now.
“It’s all really positive and even for those that have passed away it’s really nice to honour the struggle and what they went through and their triumphs within it, so that’s a beautiful part of it.”
Ms Knowles said the Honour Wall project was especially close to her heart because she is counsellor for the Cancer Council
“We’re very lucky regionally with Dot’s Place, if clients need it they get free counselling through the Cancer Council,” she said.
“Shane Williams Auto Repairs sponsors the wall and he gives above and beyond – we say there is a donation per cup, which there is but he actually gave $3000 for this year’s morning tea.
“I think it’s amazing that it keeps going and gets fresher and brighter every year.”