Help­ing in fight against cancer

Benalla Ensign - - Front Page -

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. biggest­morn­ 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.

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