The Cancer Council hopes to raise $12-million as part of Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea.

Ipswich is once again contributing greatly to the cause and encouraging other cities to get on board.

Vanessa Fuchs reports.

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Now in its 17th year of operation, Australia’s Biggest Morning tea has raised more than $70-million.

This year the Cancer Council held a competition to design the 2010 mug, Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale presented with the winning mug to add to his world record collection of short black coffee cups.

The mayor says Ipswich is on target to raise more funds than last year.

Paul Pisasale, Ipswich Mayor: “For a city like Ipswich you’re only as good as the people you support you know we wanna be a city that’s big enough to make a difference but small enough to care.”

The Cancer Council says all sorts of groups can take part in the event, including cafes and childcare centres.

Erin Davies, Qld Cancer Council: “Workplaces are also a great opportunity to hold a morning tea where everyone can cook and donate money and have some fun with some raffles and some games.”

An extraordinary $10-million was raised last year, which all goes towards research, education and patient support.

The biggest morning tea is Australia’s largest and most successful event of its kind. Each year groups around the nation support the one in three men and one in four women diagnosed with cancer before the age of 75.

This year the aim is to raise a record $12-million.

Erin Davies, Qld cancer Council: “We have people like Paul Pisasale and the city of Ipswich that supply us with the support that we need to fundraise more and more.”

The official date for the biggest morning tea is on the 27th of May, but groups can host an event any time during the month.

Paul Pisasale, Ipswich Mayor: “So get online, support it, I’ll be supporting it and look, you’ll have a lot of fun in the workplace.”

Vanessa Fuchs, QUT News