High tea campaign a success with Tim

In April 2014 McAuley Community Services approached Tim Allan, a graphic designer at Made Visual in Fitzroy, to create the campaign for the McAuley High Tea Appeal.

After doing some research into family violence, and working closely with McAuley Community Services for Women, Tim created the broken tea cup image. He felt that this image captured what life was like for many families living with family violence. For some their lives were badly damaged and for others, their lives were destroyed.

This inspired him and the following year he organised a High Tea at the studio space he shares with 15 other creatives.

“It was really easy to organise and a great way of getting everyone in the studio together. I sent out a quick email to everyone and booked out the meeting room. On the day everyone brought something along, I made a batch of scones and a few pots of tea, and someone else made a donation box. That was it," Tim said.

“If I’d tried to make it really grand it probably wouldn’t have happened, this way we had a great catch up and over the last two years we’ve raised over $240 for a great organisation."

Once he had invited people to join in the High Tea he was asked to explain the work done by McAuley Community Services for Women.

“One of the benefits of doing a High Tea each year is that those you also develop an understanding of the issues and why money raised at the High Tea is so important,” Tim said.