Biggest Morning Tea in Woolwich to fund raise for cancer

Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea will be held at The Deckhouse Woolwich on Thursday May 25 from 11am.

This huge fundraising event for the NSW Cancer Council cost $90 for admission and includes champagne on arrival, a two-course meal , wine and soft drinks) as well as lucky door prizes for each table, a raffle and silent auction

The Community Relations Co-ordinator at Cancer Council NSW’s Metro Sydney Office Costeen Sekhas said while the official date is Thursday, May 25 people in Northern Sydney can register to host their own Biggest Morning Tea at any time from now until the end of June.

“You can register at biggestmorningtea.com.au or call 1300 65 65 85 to receive your free morning tea host kit with everything you need to plan your event including theme ideas, decorating inspiration, fundraising tips, recipes and bunting, ” Ms Sekhas said.

“Bookings in Woolwich can be made by emailing: [email protected] or by phoning 0419256840

“One Australian is diagnosed with cancer approximately every five minutes – the length of an average tea break,” Ms Sekhas said.

” Almost every Australian will be affected in some way by cancer, at some stage in their life.

“This May, Cancer Council NSW is encouraging people across Northern Sydney to gather their friends, family or workmates for a cup of tea and a bite to eat whilst raising money to support Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea, to help those affected by cancer.

“Now in its 24th 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.

“Taking part is easy – simply register online as a host, set a date in May or June and start sending out your invites. An event can be anything from a small gathering at home or in your workplace to a community bake off competition in your local area.”

Catherine Giunta has hosted an Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea for the past 22 years, driven by her mother’s bowel cancer diagnosis in 1995 and later by her own breast cancer diagnosis in 2012.

“My mum was the inspiration for the first morning tea and she attended every year until she sadly passed away in 2002. In September 2012, I received a phone call that I had been recalled for further testing from a routine mammogram,” Ms Giunta said.

” I had been recalled once before and thought nothing of it, but I was absolutely shocked to learn of my diagnosis.

“It was like a cruel twist of fate.

“Being diagnosed with cancer is a life changing experience and the term ‘normal’ does not mean the same thing anymore.

“I am now more aware, more conscious, enjoy more and don’t take anything for granted.”

She said her event began with only six girlfriends attending and raising $75, but now with “my unstoppable friend Nancy Sherry” such events have more than 300 attendees and have made a cumulative total of more than $300,000.

This year, Catherine and co-host Nancy’s Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea event will have a special guest who is no stranger to getting a running start towards raising funds and awareness for cancer: Pat Farmer, world record holder and ultra-marathon athlete.

“I’ve dedicated my running career to many charities including Cancer Council NSW from the word ‘go’ and I am so excited lend my continued support to Mrs Giunta and Mrs Sherry’s morning tea event,” Mr Farmer said.

“Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea is just another example of how ordinary Australians can accomplish quite extraordinary things.

“Join Catherine and Nancy and more than 11,100 morning tea hosts across NSW to help raise more than $4.9 million across NSW for Cancer Council’s research, prevention, advocacy and support programs.”