The Biggest Morning Tea was held last Thursday with many businesses and organisations in Yarrawonga and Mulwala getting involved and holding events to raise money for cancer research, local sufferers and the Cancer Council.
In 2017 over 7,300 Victorian hosts helped raise more than $3.1 million through Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea with the event hoping to recruit 7,900 hosts to help raise $3.3 million this year.
Since 1994 $36.2 million has been raised for cancer research, prevention and support services through the event – helping to increase Victorian cancer survival by almost 20 percent.
In the local area Friends in Common hosted their biggest fundraiser for the year holding their Cuppa for Cancer at the Mulwala WaterSki Club.
Cups of tea and coffee, scones, fun and chatter were all on offer at the Cuppa for Cancer with the event raising a whopping $11,163.00 on the day.
Friends in Common President Helen Glasheen said the annual event was something the group love hosting and it is dear to so many hearts.
“Everyone has been so generous with donating because in some way everyone has been touched by cancer,” Ms Glasheen said.
“It is also fantastic that many people that have either been touched by what we do or know of what we do and are also aware where the money is going are so happy to help.”
For an event such as this to be so successful, many people behind the scenes spend months organising, are not able to sit still until the event is finished and deserve praise for their work.
“We’d like to extend many, many thanks to the Mulwala Water Ski Club, in particular Cathy Randell, and all the staff who each year go out of their way to make this a special day for us,” Ms Glasheen said.
“Thank you to the many businesses who donated goods and vouchers for the spinning wheel, and who also ordered morning tea, which was delivered to each of the participating businesses.
“A big thank you too, to the students from Sacred Heart College, who gave up their time to assist with the spinning wheel.
“But lastly we would like to thank those who have attended this event or just donated some money or services, as your support helps us to continue supporting those who are suffering from this wretched disease in our community.”
Burkes Hotel also hosted their Biggest Morning Tea on Thursday with more than 140 people in attendance raising $2715.
The event was organised by Michelle Gardner with Burkes staff assisting in the set up and food preparation.
A donation of the attendees choice was the only requirement to attend before everyone enjoyed the morning and company on offer.
Guests enjoyed a morning tea of sandwiches, scones, slices, cakes and muffins which were washed down with plenty of cups of tea and coffee.
Raffles were also held throughout the morning, thanks to the generous donations of local businesses, and Stephen Holmes who MC’d the event also spoke to the group about how cancer touches everyone’s lives and how great everyone at Burkes Hotel felt to see such support for the event.
“We would like to thank all the people and businesses that donated prizes to our raffles for such a great cause, plus a massive thank you to our wonderful staff who all donated their time to help out, some of those working long hours to help set up and prepare food,” Michelle said.
“This year we decided we would donate $1000 to Friends in Common to help those with cancer in our local area and donate the remaining $1715 to the Biggest Morning Tea for cancer research.
“It’s been a pleasure organising an event to raise money for such a terrible disease and I am overwhelmed by the support from our community with donations and attending our event.”