Cancer Council NSW hosts Biggest Morning Tea in Dubbo

BIGGEST TEA, BIG SUCCESS: Trish Taylor, Brianna Carracher and Melanie Trethowan at Saturday's Biggest Morning Tea. Photo: BELINDA SOOLE
BIGGEST TEA, BIG SUCCESS: Trish Taylor, Brianna Carracher and Melanie Trethowan at Saturday's Biggest Morning Tea. Photo: BELINDA SOOLE

The Biggest Morning Tea at Dubbo zoo could become a regular event, after a successful day at the weekend.

Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea, which is now in its 23rd year, is one of Cancer Council’s leading fundraising events. The event encourages friends and loved ones to gather together, share delicious food and tea, and give support to those affected by cancer.

Cancer Council NSW Western Region communications and events coordinator Brianna Carracher said she had a “sensational” turnout at the first morning tea held at Taronga Western Plains Zoo.

About 50 people attended, she said, raising $1,500.

“We had lots of good food, great company and a really good guest speaker too. A lot of people don’t get the chance to check out the beautiful scenery in their own backyard,” Ms Carracher said.

It was the first time Cancer Council NSW had held an event like this in Dubbo, she said, but already they were considering making it an annual event.

“I can only encourage people in the community to take it up and hold their own Morning Tea. It’s a great excuse to get all the girls together,” Ms Carracher said.

“Everyone assumes it has to be a morning tea with scones and sandwiches but you can be creative as you want. You can hod a high tea, you can have a lunch, it can be something different.”

The money raised from the morning tea goes toward cancer research prevention and support services. It also helps Cancer Council NSW continue programs like SunSmart, encouraging school children to wear hats.

“In the Western NSW region alone, it is predicted that 1864 people will be diagnosed with cancer in a single year, with 632 deaths expected,” Ms Carracher said.

This year Cancer Council NSW hopes to recruit more than 11,100 morning tea hosts and raise $4.9 million across the state.

To host your own Biggest Morning Tea 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 recipes and bunting.