Fundrais­ing down to a tea

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - Moya Stevens

THE Moss­man Port Dou­glas Vol­un­teer Branch of the Cancer Coun­cil Queens­land put on an im­pres­sive spread at the Moss­man Bowls Club for the an­nual Big­gest Morn­ing Tea on Satur­day.

“This event has been run­ning for many years now and it re­ally is very much a com­mu­nity event,” Jen­nellda Har­low, the branch pres­i­dent said.

“It is a ma­jor fundraiser for the district and the monies raised go to­wards lo­cal sup­port ser­vices we of­fer cancer pa­tients un­der­go­ing treat­ment,” she said.

About 80 peo­ple of all ages at­tended and the event raises be­tween $1500 and $2000 through raf­fles and cent sales.

Re­gional fundrais­ing man­ager of the Cancer Coun­cil Queens­land, Berni McKean, said it is an “in­cred­i­ble event” and she is very proud of the achieve­ments of this branch.

“The vol­un­teers in the Branch pro­vide vi­tal lo­cal ser­vices and sup­port and is a voice in the com­mu­nity for cancer pa­tients,” Ms McKean said.

“There are around 1430 far north Queens­land peo­ple di­ag­nosed with cancer each year, so the ser­vices of­fered by our vol­un­teers are es­sen­tial for lo­cals,” she said.

Ser­vices pro­vided by the Cancer Coun­cil in­clude a wig and tur­ban, ac­com­mo­da­tion lodges in Cairns and other sup­port and coun­selling ser­vices.

The morn­ing tea was pre­pared by mem­bers of the lo­cal branch and other mem­bers of the lo­cal com­mu­nity.

Lo­cal busi­nesses pro­vid­ing sup­port by way of prizes, gifts and give­aways for the event in­cluded Marano’s Fuel, Mojo’s, Red Hot Hair, Moss­man Butch­ery, Bar­to­los, Yum Yums, Moss­man Florist, the Green Room, Di­vine Beauty, Ives Mens­land, Moss­man Bak­ery and Live Life Phar­ma­cies.

“We cer­tainly have had amaz­ing sup­port from lo­cal busi­ness and it is very much ap­pre­ci­ated,” Ms Har­low said.

Agnes Drovandi, Pally Lloyd, Jo­lene, Deb­o­rah, Mikah and Maia Kachel and Meryl Port

Pic­tures: MOYA STEVENS

Jas­mine Faich­ney, Niav Cot­ter, Julie Blain and Berni McKean

Colleen Por­te­ous and Mar­garet Quigley

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