Quil­ters’ fi­nal year of auc­tion

But Morn­ing Tea goes on

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

THE Monto Quil­ters’ Group has been rais­ing money for the fight against can­cer since the mid 1990s.

Next Mon­day, they are set to trade in their hand­i­crafts for a cup of tea at the Monto Sports Com­plex on May 15 from 9.30am.

The event is part of Aus­tralia’s Big­gest Morn­ing Tea and will raise money to­ward Can­cer Coun­cil Queens­land and Ridge­haven Re­tire­ment Vil­lage.

Group mem­ber Adele Evans wel­comed the com­mu­nity to join their 2017 Aus­tralia’s Big­gest Morn­ing Tea.

“Our group has hosted an Aus­tralia’s Big­gest Morn­ing Tea for over 16 years,” Mrs Evans said.

“We have a great morn­ing planned this year with de­li­cious food, a cake stall, raf­fles, and an auc­tion.”

In 2001 the group started do­ing the Big­gest Morn­ing Tea, then in 2003 they started run­ning a char­ity auc­tion along­side it.

The auc­tions were run by mem­ber Zoe Wat­son, but when she passed away they switched over to get­ting Brad McI­nally from Monto Cat­tle and Coun­try to show­case his auctioneering skills.

Each year, the group mem­bers de­sign a com­bined quilt to auc­tion for can­cer and since 2012 they have di­vided the re­main­ing profit be­tween Can­cer Coun­cil and Ridge­haven.

Fund­ing for Ridge­haven has al­lowed them to help pur­chase sev­eral full-size hospi­tal beds for the rooms.

But this year will be the last such auc­tion for the group, as it has be­come in­creas­ingly dif­fi­cult to put to­gether the stock nec­es­sary for a full auc­tion.

For­tu­nately, while the auc­tion is com­ing to an end, the group and its fundrais­ers will carry on.

Mem­ber Mar­ion Schulke said it was a sim­ple mat­ter of dif­fi­culty to keep putting things to­gether due to the mem­bers’ ages.

“A lot of the mem­bers have got 10 years on me and I’m past re­tire­ment age and we’re find­ing it too much pres­sure to put to­gether enough stock,” Mrs Schulke said.

“Next year, the third Mon­day of May is our reg­u­lar day and we will still have a char­ity morn­ing tea, but we’ll have some other at­trac­tions.”

It’s not just quilts on of­fer at the auc­tion; smaller items such as bags, wall hang­ings and aprons will also be sell­ing.

Mrs Schulke said they get a good laugh ev­ery year out of get­ting Mr McI­nally to model the aprons.

En­try to the event is $5 per per­son at the door and in­cludes morn­ing tea.

Can­cer Coun­cil Queens­land CEO Chris McMil­lan said ev­ery cup counted in the fight against can­cer.

“Aus­tralia’s Big­gest Morn­ing Tea is an op­por­tu­nity to gather your friends and loved ones to­gether to raise funds to en­sure Can­cer Coun­cil can con­tinue its vi­tal work, in­clud­ing pro­vid­ing sup­port for those af­fected by can­cer,” Ms McMil­lan said.

“From host­ing or at­tend­ing a morn­ing tea, to do­nat­ing, bak­ing, or spread­ing the word, ev­ery­one can play a part in mak­ing 2017 a suc­cess.”

The Big­gest Morn­ing Tea date is Thurs­day, May 25, but lo­cals can hold an event and raise funds any time through­out May or June.

In 2017 more than 5500 Queens­lan­ders are ex­pected to host an Aus­tralia’s Big­gest Morn­ing Tea and raise $2.6 mil­lion for Can­cer Coun­cil Queens­land.

PHOTO: JACK LAWRIE

QUILT­ING FOR A CAUSE: Monto Quil­ters Mar­garet Boothby, Elia Smith and Mar­ion Schulke show off their grand prize at the Monto Show.

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