Quilters’ final year of auction
But Morning Tea goes on
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.
QUILTING FOR A CAUSE: Monto Quilters Margaret Boothby, Elia Smith and Marion Schulke show off their grand prize at the Monto Show.