THE Lions Club of Murwillumbah is holding a party to help improve the health of the community.

The club's hosting a garden tea party to raise money and awareness of the Lions Medical Research Foundation.

The event is being held in Sharon Townsend's garden on Sunday October 14.

Ms Townsend's husband Alan was diagnosed with myeloma, which is a cancer of the bone marrow, so she knows the importantceof the foundation to medical research.

Murwillumbah Lions miss personality Catherine Leonard said without the foundation medical advancement such as stem-cell research for treatment of myeloma would not be possible.

"This is not an annual event but it's a task of miss personality to raise awareness of the Lions Medical Research Foundation," Ms Leonard said.

"We would like to make the garden party an annual event.

"We just want to see how many people we get this year and then maybe choose a different location for next year."

Ms Leonard said there has been a lot of interest in the event, particular from businesses who have donated more than $2000 in prizes.

"We have an estimated audience of approximately 200 at the event, and we have quite a few local businesses that have chosen to sponsor us by donating gift certificates to raffle/lucky door prizes," she said.

"Lions Medical Research Foundation is a community-based, not-for-profit organization dedicated to long-term medical research funding to successfully improve the standard of health within our community."

The Garden Tea Party is on at 45 Tweed Valley Way starting at 1pm on Sunday October 14.

People attending should dress in race-day attire.

Anyone interested in attending should call Ms Leonard on 0417 275 622 to RSVP by October 7.

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