Cup of tea could be cur­tains for can­cer

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

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

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