Cancer killed her mother, husband - now she's fighting back
UPDATE: PAULINE Watson was thrilled to report the Biggest Morning Tea she hosted raised $1098.90 for Cancer Council Queensland.
The Fernvale local recently presented the charity with the donation.
Ms Watson said after this year's success, she would definitely be hosting another event next year.
PREVIOUS: AFTER losing both her husband and mother to cancer, Pauline Watson knows exactly how hard the disease hits for sufferers and their families.
An emotional Mrs Watson said she wanted to use her loss to raise awareness and funds to help fight the deadly disease.
The Fernvale local will host The Watson Family Biggest Morning Tea this weekend in honour of those lost to cancer.
"Nearly everyone is affected by it," she said.
"I wanted to give something back to Cancer Queensland in whatever way I can."
Indigenous artist Sally Harrison has donated a one-of-a-kind painting to help raise money at the event.
The celebrated Lowood resident is part of the Stolen Generation and said painting helped her deal with her past.
"This is a really good cause and I wanted to do something to help," Ms Harrison said.
"I've been painting since I was 10 and being indigenous I've always had a deep connection to nature.
"Despite a terrible childhood I could always look out the window and be transported to another place.
"This painting for me is an expression of my love for the land."
Mrs Watson said she was thrilled to have hundreds of prizes, donations and artworks to auction off by more than 40 of the region's businesses.
"The people of Lowood and Fernvale have been so generous," she said.
"We've had hair dressers, a gym, restaurants and even banks donate.
"They've all pulled together as a community and that's what this is all about."
She said people could expect more than just a home-baked country morning tea.
"There will be prizes, games, beautiful food and, of course, wonderful company," Mrs Watson said.
"We want to raise as much as we can."
The Watson Family Biggest Morning Tea will be held on Sunday at 10am-2pm at 129 Old Fernvale Rd, Fernvale.
Entry costs $5. To RSVP or for more information, please telephone 5426 7482 or 0429 990 792.