It’s tea time! The humble cuppa and slice of cake have taken on larger-than-life proportions raising over $100 million for the Cancer Council since its inception in 2004. For 2012′s Biggest Morning Tea event, the Cancer Council’s target is a whopping $11.5 million! To help achieve this goal, friends, colleagues, community groups and students are asked to share morning tea together and help raise the funds necessary for cancer research. Today’s Belle Property blog reports on a fun way to ‘break bread’ with your team or community whilst helping support Australia’s largest cancer charity.
With celebrity chefs and ambassadors leading the Biggest Morning Tea charge such as Gwyneth Paltrow, Nicky Buckley and Indira Naidoo, a bit of inspiration for your own event is not far away. Janella Purcell’s mint and hummus dip looks so delicious it will certainly be part of a Belle Property morning tea! Hosting your own morning tea is as simple as inviting your nearest and dearest over to your own kitchen or a local park. The official Morning Tea date is May 24 but any day in May that is suitable for your friends and family is welcomed just the same. There are many ways to make this event extra fun. Invite your friends to email a recipe prior to the day and collate a mini recipe book for everyone to take home. Or perhaps create a theme for the morning tea – a coffee or tea degustation menu, a national cuisine or specialty ingredient – chilli chocolate, macaroons, mini-quiches – whatever takes your fancy.
All you need to do is register your event on the Biggest Morning Tea website to start raising funds as an individual, school or corporate sponsor. The Biggest Morning Tea is happy to participate alongside existing functions, such as work sporting events or weekly team meetings to involve the whole office. The Biggest Morning Tea website is a great resource with ideas to make your event successful. Anyone that can’t attend your event can still donate online. There’s also a little sweetener – hosts that raise $500 or more are entered into the draw to win a Port Douglas retreat as a way of saying thanks.
It is amazing how every dollar contributed makes a significant difference to the experience of cancer sufferers. $5 will provide information to newly diagnosed patients, $25 will transport patients to hospitals for treatment and $500 can fund research into prevention, diagnosis and treatment. Since 1 in 2 Australians are diagnosed with cancer by age 85 it is a disease that will touch all of us or our loved ones in some way. A little bit of morning tea goes a long way to making a positive difference.