Cup of tea could be curtains for cancer
WHITSUNDAY Neighbourhood Centre is joining the fight to make cancer a part of the past by hosting an Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea.
The morning tea will raise funds to support the vital research of the Cancer Council, which is striving to find a cure for one of the world’s most prevalent illnesses.
The event will kick off on Friday, May 15, from 10am in the centre’s Endeavour Room.
A gold coin donation is all that’s required to attend, buying you morning tea, a ticket in the lucky door prize – and maybe even a cure for cancer.
With one in two Australian men and one in three Australian women being diagnosed with cancer by 85, it is events like these that could help save someone you love.
Last year, the event raised more than $11.9 million.
This time around, the Cancer Council is aiming for 36,000 morning teas nationwide, with a fundraising target of $13 million.
Whitsunday Neighbourhood Centre community development officer and event organiser Tamara Noble said the morning tea was an event important to everyone at the centre.
“We usually do it on an annual basis just because raising money for cancer is something we’re quite passionate about and closely touches our hearts,” she said.
This is, in part, because of the close contact the centre has with people who are battling the illness.
“A lot of our clients have suffered from cancer or know someone who has cancer, so if we can do our little part we know we’re doing something great,” Ms Noble said.
This year there will also be an auction, bingo and raffles.
Prizes include a gift voucher for the Airlie Beach Hotel restaurant, a day cruise pass for Whitehaven Express, an island hopper pass for two people with Cruise Whitsundays and a night’s stay at Coral Sea Resort for two.
“We would like to thank all our sponsors,” Ms Noble said.
“What they’re donating is huge.
“And also to everyone who offered their time to help out with the set-up and who is taking part in the morning.”
The morning tea will run from 10am–12.30pm and everyone is welcome.
CUPPA TIME: Whitsunday Neighbourhood Centre finance officer Harriet Spence and admin officer Peita Rollings enjoy a spot of tea. Photo: Rory Sheavils