Bringing people together for a common cause

In 1999, Ada lost her brother Leonard to cancer. It was the first time her family had come face to face with the illness.

It was also the year that Ada decided to host her first Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea. Now aged 88 years, Ada has continued to host a Biggest Morning Tea every year for the past 20 years – it was something she could do to help her brother and others affected by cancer.

“I do the Biggest Morning Tea because I want to achieve something. Even just the feeling of helping people and the people that come and help me and come to talk about cancer – I think that achieves something.”

Every year on the day, Ada’s up at 4am baking. While she does a lot of the leg work getting ready, she says she can’t do it without the help of her family and friends who support her.

For Ada, the most rewarding part of hosting is knowing that she’s bringing people together for a common cause.

“You don’t have to be affected by cancer to attend or host a morning tea. I feel so great after doing it and I hope it encourages others to host as well. 

“Just get your friends together, grab your coffee cup and make your favourite cake. Then make sure to get the money out of them before they leave!”