Helping in fight against cancer
More than 7000 Victorians hosted a morning tea last week in a bid to raise $3 million for the fight against cancer.
Among those were residents at Alkoomi Residential Care, who welcomed guest speaker Lois Jackson — mother of local cancer patient Kate Wagner — who spoke on the journey the family has taken and the support the entire community has provided.
Last Thursday officially marked the 21st celebration of Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea, with hosts continuing to raise funds and awareness for Cancer Council’s research, prevention and support services.
Cancer Council Victoria spokesperson Barbara Charan said although Australia had come a long way, there was still more to do in the fight against cancer.
‘‘The impact that Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea supporters have had on cancer outcomes since the event began in 1994 is immense,’’ Ms Charan said.
‘‘With the generous support of our Biggest Morning Tea fundraisers, we have raised more than $22 million for Cancer Council Victoria’s research, prevention and support services — helping to increase Victorian cancer survival by almost 20 per cent.
‘‘As our population is growing and ageing though, the number of people diagnosed with cancer also increases. The funds raised by Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea hosts will allow us to continue our research and support efforts for Victorians affected by cancer.’’
While Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea was officially last Thursday, hosts can hold an event any time during May or June. Registrations are open; to sign up visit www. biggestmorningtea.com.au or phone 1300 656 585.
Sharing a cuppa: Residents of Alkoomi Residential Care got together to support the Cancer Council’s Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea last week.