The Brisbane community of Moggill has helped the Cancer Council kick-start their ‘Biggest Morning Tea’ fundraising initiative.
Throughout May and June, tea parties will be held across the country.
Alice McCarthy reports.
More than one hundred members of the Moggill community rallied today behind a great cause.
Coming together to enjoy tea, cake and raffles to try and raise at least $1500 for cancer research, prevention and support services.
Community leaders say the benefits of the event are two-pronged.
Jane Prentice, Federal Member for Ryan: “First of all it’s great that the community are raising money for something like cancer which can affect everyone, but it also raises awareness of the disease itself and that’s very important because people need to make sure they do have their regular checks.”
Organisers say the morning tea also builds community spirit.
Rosanne Biscoe, Moggill QCWA President: “It does bring the community together and interacting, and that’s really important.”
One in two Australians will be faced with cancer before the age of 85, and more than a third of the 21,000 Queenslanders diagnosed each year do not recover.
The Queensland Cancer Council has big plans for this year’s event campaign.
Hannah Macauslane, Cancer Council Qld Fundraising: “This year through Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea we’re hoping to recruit 6,000 hosts and reach our target of $2.5 million statewide.”
But there’s still work to do.
Hannah Macauslane, Cancel Council Qld Fundraising:”In the Brisbane area in particular, we’re still calling on around 700 more hosts to register.”
Alice McCarthy, QUT News.