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Don’t wait, you have to get those photos

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April 21, 2017

Tamara Cadd and Cath Hughes are encouraging people to have their family photos taken while raising money for Echuca cancer services.

FAMILIES are being reminded to make a booking for the Take the Photos fundraiser on Sunday.

The fundraiser, organised by Echuca widow Cath Hughes and photographer Tamara Cadd, will support local cancer services.

Cath said they had sold about 70 tickets with an aim of just over 80.

The fundraiser came about after Cath posted the only family picture she had with her late husband Brett and their children Lacey, 7, Finn, 5, and Willow, 4.

The story went viral.

Because the photo was so out of focus and blurred, it offers their children almost no sense of family memory, and had Cath pleading with families to ‘‘take the photos’’ while they still have the time.

In 2014, Brett was diagnosed with stage four oesophageal cancer, given just six to 18 months to live.

He died six weeks later at the age of 35.

‘‘Learn from me and have the bloody photos taken, there is nothing you will regret,’’ Cath said.

‘‘I wish so desperately that we did.’’

When friend and photographer Tamara Cadd read the #takethephotos post, she came up with the idea to hold a fundraiser where families could have their photos taken.

With all proceeds going to the Girls Night Out ERH Oncology Supportive Care Fund and Big Love Foundation, five professional photographers will provide their services for free on Sunday at Morrison’s Winery.

Money from a sausage sizzle will go to the Big Love Foundation set up by Cath.

The foundation will provide funds for families where a parent has been diagnosed with a terminal illness.

There will also be a family portrait colouring table run by a kinder teacher and a raffle.

Take the Photos will be held from 9am to 10.30am. It costs $35 per family, but $50 if you want two different images. It is immediate family only, no pets allowed. Go to trybooking.com and type in #takethephotos in the event name.

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