“I raised $7,000 for MSWA by holding a long table luncheon in our shearing shed in Kojonup. I organised five star dining apparel and brought in an amazing chef to serve beautiful farm fresh food, including catching 1,000 yabbies from our dam, and supplying local lamb. What a wonderful unique experience it was for country people.”
Jennifer Egerton-Warburton was diagnosed with MS in 1998. Her condition is well-managed and she requires low support from MSWA, but in 2018 decided to raise money to support MSWA’s vital research and direct care of others living with neurological conditions in Western Australia.
Inspired by a long table luncheon she’d been to in Broomehill a few years earlier, Jen set about transforming the paddock of everlastings on her Kojonup farm into a fabulous alfresco luncheon venue, with the event due to take place during wildflower season.
She advertised in state and local papers and sold tickets through the website she uses for her seed business, Lucinda’s Everlastings. To Jen’s delight, tickets sold out months in advance.
“People were pleading for more,” recalls Jen. “ We ended up with about 130 people attending. The waitresses couldn’t sit down all day."
A big part of Jen’s vision for the event was to offer a different style of food to the norm, with the star of the show being the Uruguayan-style premium local lamb. To achieve this style of cooking, Jen’s husband, Rob, cut an old water tank in half, put hinges on it and altered the internals to create a giant barbecue, with a lever for temperature control and a chimney for smoking the meat. He even put it on a trailer for transport.
“We nicknamed it ‘The Beast’ and Rob welded that onto the side of it,” laughs Jen.