Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea launched

4 April 2014

Cancer Council Tasmania today launched Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea with the help of celebrity ambassadors Thalia and Bianca from My Kitchen Rules.

CEO Penny Egan said Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea is one of Tasmania’s most popular fundraising events, enjoyed by thousands of Tasmanians.

“It is an easy way for people to help make a difference by hosting or attending a morning tea with their friends, family and colleagues,” Mrs Egan said.

“In Tasmania last year, 954 people hosted morning teas and raised over $342,000.

“All the funds raised stay in Tasmania. Generous Tasmanians who host or attend a morning tea are helping us to support people affected by cancer and also help us provide prevention and education programs.

“I am delighted that our young celebrity ambassadors Thalia and Bianca and have thrown their support behind this year’s Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea.

“I am especially pleased that they are providing a special recipe for Tasmanians to whip up for morning tea.”

Bianca said she was pleased to be supporting Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea because her family had been personally touched by cancer

“My brother was diagnosed with cancer when he was in grade eight and it turns people’s lives upside down. He had lots of surgery and is fine now but it was very traumatic for the whole family,” Bianca said.

“My grandfather also died last year from cancer and it hits you hard.

“It is great to be able to give something back to the community and support people with cancer.”

Chris Haigh and her friend Mary-Anne Pyke, of Orford, have been holding Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea since 2001 and have raised more than $68,000.

“We decided to have a morning tea after losing much loved family and friends to cancer.

“Originally our plan was to stage it in our homes but we thought the local hall may seat a few more guests and at our first morning tea we had 100 people lining up outside.

“We decided to continue the following year as we feel this is our community’s way of helping fundraise for this worthy cause and it is with the community’s support it has gone from strength to strength.

“As well as the morning tea we have raffles, lucky door prize, lucky number stall, a craft and produce stall and a silent auction which attracted very spirited bidding by 180 people last year.

“We are proud to say that everything from the hire of the hall to auction items and plates of morning tea, are all donated, with all profits going to Cancer Council Tasmania.

“We feel that  our  Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea, in its 14th year, is not only a great fundraiser for this cause which affects us all in some way, but also a wonderful way that many people can feel that they are making a real difference to those affected by cancer.

“We are very proud of our community.”

Cancer Council Tasmania launched Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea at a special morning tea held to thank people who have hosted morning teas and raised funds in recent years.

Mrs Egan said while ABMT was officially celebrated on 22 May, people could hold morning teas any time during May and June.

“We just want Tasmanians to get together, raise their cup and do all we can to beat cancer,” she said.

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