Health and wellbeing

Helping the fight against cancer one cuppa at a time

Today is the official day for Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea to support Victorians affected by cancer.

Events are being held around Gippsland, as it turns out, just a day before Victoria goes back into lockdown!

It’s not too late to hold an event and raise money for Cancer Council Victoria, as participants can register to host one in June, after lockdown.

By hosting or attending a morning tea event with family, friends or colleagues, people can help Cancer Council continue their life-saving cancer research, prevention, advocacy and support programs.

In 2019 there were 7032 registered morning teas across Victoria, with 91 in Latrobe City alone. However due to the impacts of COVID-19, last year there were only 2759 registrations in Victoria, with 30 in Latrobe.

Cancer Council Victoria Head of Fundraising Lyrian Fleming-Parsley said national fundraising income for Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea had dropped by more than $9.6 million in 2020.

“This will have a direct impact on the funding available for our vital cancer research, prevention programs and support services, such as the 13 11 20 Information and Support Line, wig service and peer support programs,” she said.

On average 515 Latrobe City residents are diagnosed with cancer each year, while 36,000 people are diagnosed in Victoria.

Ms Fleming-Parsley said Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea gives people a chance to catch up with loved ones, while also supporting an important cause.

“We know that many people within our community are feeling isolated and alone at this time, especially after a challenging year. Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea provides an opportunity to connect with loved ones in a safe way while raising funds for a good cause,” she said.

For more information or to register, visit biggestmorningtea.com.au or call 1300 65 65 85 to receive a free morning tea host kit.

Due to current circumstances, Cancer Council is encouraging everyone to follow the recommended guidelines provided by the Victorian and Australian Governments. Details regarding Cancer Council fundraising events may change as circumstances change.

For more information and support regarding cancer and COVID-19, please visit cancervic.org.au.

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