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The Cancer Council is ensuring event hosts have all the right ingredients for Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea. WORDS: Caitlin Zerafa.

Sharing a cup of tea or coffee over delicious cakes and good conversations is a time-honoured tradition. And every year, there’s an extra-special reason to share morning tea: to help the many Australians impacted by cancer.

On May 23, the Cancer Council encourages everyone to be involved in Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea. So far across Australia, almost 22,000 hosts have registered an event for 2024, with
$1.3 million already raised to help the organisation continue its invaluable work.

Cancer Council Queensland development manager Louis Loucaides says one-in-two Queenslanders will be diagnosed with some form of cancer by the age of 85.

“Here at Cancer Council Queensland, our mission is to ensure no Queenslander is left navigating cancer alone,” he says.

“Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea is just one of the ways that Queenslanders can come together to help raise vital funds for life-saving research, prevention programs and support services.”

Mr Loucaides says the generosity of the community ensures the thousands of people living on the Sunshine Coast receive the support they need.

“Every year, around 3456 people on the Sunshine Coast are diagnosed with cancer, and around 1090 die from the disease,” he says. “That means, on average, nine people every day are diagnosed with cancer on the Sunshine Coast. In 2023 alone, our Sunshine Coast community raised over $315,000.”

With these funds, Cancer Council Queensland can connect 590 people on the Coast through its support line, offer 70 referrals to its counselling service and provide 220 wigs and turbans for those going through treatment.

“Our wigs and turbans services are provided free of charge to all who need it and can be found through our partners, Wishlist, at the Sunshine Coast University Hospital,” Mr Loucaides says.

Residents, businesses and organisation are being encouraged to register an event during May or June and Mr Loucaides says resources are available to help hosts along the way.

“The best part about Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea is that every morning tea is as unique as the stories behind it – it’s a very personal event,” he says.

“A morning tea can be held in the community, at home in a workplace, or whatever works best for you.”

BY THE NUMBERS

  • One-in-two Queenslanders will be diagnosed with some form of cancer by the age of 85.
  • About 3456 people on the Sunshine Coast are diagnosed with cancer each year.
  • Cancer claims the lives of 1090 Coast residents annually.
  • In 2023, the region raised more than $315,000.
  • Already in 2024, more than $1.2 million has been raised nationwide with 21,857 morning teas registered.

Host kits include posters, decorations and recipes. Visit biggestmorningtea.com.au to register an event or donate.

 

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