Put on the kettle for Biggest Morning Tea
LOCAL residents are switching on the kettle and cracking open the biscuit tin ready for the Biggest Morning Tea.
Now in its 23rd year, Australia's Biggest Morning Tea is one of Cancer Council's leading fundraising events and the largest, most successful event of its kind in Australia.
Each year more than 11,000 Australian's gather their friends, family or workmates, share a cuppa and tasty treats, and give support to those affected by cancer by raising funds for cancer research, prevention, advocacy and support services.
Australia's Biggest Morning Tea Coordinator Sarah Royall said in the Northern NSW Region alone, it was predicted that, in 2016, 2551 people will be diagnosed with cancer in a single year, with 749 deaths expected.
"Every Australia's Biggest Morning Tea helps us beat cancer," she said.
"Money raised across the Region allows us to support key services such as Cancer Council's Information Centre in St Vincent's Hospital, Sunsmart for schools, Transport to Treatment, Legal & Pro Bono Financial services & the Accor Hotels Partnership which provides a home away from home for local people accessing treatment in Sydney.
"This year Cancer Council NSW hopes to raise over $4.8 million across NSW.
Someone who knows all about the importance of the collective efforts of the greater community and Cancer Council NSW is Mullumbimby Cancer Action Group President Susan Tsicalas.
"The Mullumbimby Cancer Action Group is very supportive of the Cancer Council, we really want to see them flourish due to the amazing work they do," Ms Tsicalas said.
"For me personally, my brother died of liver cancer.
"My sister has just had an operation to remove cancer from her liver, so it's very personal for me.
"We have been doing Australia's Biggest Morning Tea for 21 years & through this event we have raised $18,500.
"We work collaboratively with the Cancer Council in the local area & know the funds raised support our local communities, as well as vital research.
"The group was started by Fae Sproule and friends, who worked together to start this group due to their partners being affected by cancer.
"We will keep doing our bit, because in some way or another we are all affected by cancer".
Local people can host their own event any time in May or June.
Simply register at biggestmorningtea.com.au or call 1300 65 65 85 to receive your free host kit with everything you need to plan your event including theme ideas, decorating inspiration, fundraising tips, recipes and bunting.