Isabelle’s annual Easter Cafe La De Da raises funds for the Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday Appeal.
Isabelle may only be seven years old, but when she was five she decided to follow her parent’s example and find ways to help others in need.
The Children’s Hospital in Melbourne Australia improves the health and wellbeing of children and adolescents through healthcare, research and education. It is an amazing place: bright, cheerful and giving the best care and attention possible to very sick children. Their motto seems to be,
The impossible will be done immediately, miracles take a little longer.
But the hospital is always short of funds to help desperately ill children.
Three years ago, Isabelle’s imagination sparked when she watched the TV coverage of the Children’s Hospital Good Friday Appeal. Seeing children in wheelchairs and suffering from so many disabilities saddened her. She wanted to do something to help. The idea was born to have Isabelle’s pop up cafe.
She decided to call it, Isabelle’s Cafe La De Da. The name makes me smile. In Australia, the expression la de da is used as an expression of derision directed at affected gentility or pretentious refinement. You are being very posh, up-market and putting on the airs and graces. It means you can dress up, wear all your bling and celebrate. Family and friends would have fun gathering at the house for good food and hot coffee knowing all proceeds from the day would be sent to the Royal Childrens Hospital . The family also decided to save every spare coin to be counted at the end of the day and added to the grand total. They had a large wicker basket full.
Cafe La De Da opened its doors for business on Easter Friday with a vast array of delicious Easter treats. Isabelle took the day very seriously. Everything had to be just right. Dad, in his chef’s apron, would cook an all day breakfast for the many family and friends who called and participated. The main food was followed by an amazing array of muffins, macaroons, stacks of pancakes plus scones, jam and cream. Her Mum would bring out her best china and ensure the guests had everything they wanted. Isabelle would be maître d and welcome people when they arrived, take orders for coffee, and offer treats. She tempted us with chocolate bunnies, brightly coloured Easter eggs and delicious macaroons.
Everyone was having a great time and Isabelle was free to experiment. The result was an offering of hot scones covered in raspberry jam, smothered in cream and topped with brightly coloured chocolate smarties. Does it get any better than that? Just in case you are inspired to make a batch of scones and have Devonshire tea with your family and friends, here is a quick and easy recipe.
|Quick and Easy Scones
3 cups SR flour in bowl
2 tabs sugar
Melt 50g butter in saucepan
Add 1 cup milk
Whisk in 1 egg
Add this to flour mixture
Quickly make into a stiff dough (may need a little extra milk)
Place on floured bench & quickly knead, cut into shapes with a cutter or a glass. Brush with egg and milk
Place on floured baking tray and pop into hot (250) oven for 10-15 mins
Serve with raspberry jam and whipped cream (multi coloured chocolate smarties optional) Makes 18 med sized scones.
Last year, Isabelle received a certificate acknowledging her donation of $485.00. Her Mum and dad framed it for her and it held pride of place on the table
This year (the third year she has run this fundraising event), with huge support from her staff, family and customers, she managed to raise a whopping $708.10 for the Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday Appeal, an increase of 46% on last year, and a total of $1,433 over the last three years.
Children learn from the example set by their parents. Isabelle has great role models in her life and it is wonderful to see her develop into such a caring soul. I feel she also believes The impossible can be done immediately, miracles take a little longer.
The 85th annual Good Friday Appeal on Friday 25th March 2016, brings together the community to raise money for the Royal Children’s Hospital.
The strength of the appeal lies in the thousands of volunteers who give freely of their time and their talent. Many groups and organisations fundraise throughout the year, in order to publicly present their grand totals during a live telethon broadcast by Channel 7 on Good Friday.
The Channel 7 telethon is an opportunity for people to view the miracles performed at the hospital, to ring through their donations, and in many instances hear their contribution acknowledged publicly.
Royal Children’s Hospital | Give that they may grow!
Happy Easter to you and yours