Ten years ago Adele was diagnosed with breast cancer. She was just 40 at the time.

“I had a lumpectomy, chemotherapy and radiotherapy – the works.”

Thankfully, Adele’s treatment was successful. However as someone who knows first-hand the effects of cancer, she wanted to do something to help others who are impacted. That’s why year after year, Adele hosts an Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea at her workplace.

“My company had already been doing it for a few years and when I started there, I just took it on and ran with it,” she shared. “Everyone at my work gets on board. Even if they can’t make it on the day, they still make a donation.

“It’s is a chance to give back to the community, and also to Cancer Council, for the work that they do,” she said. “It’s important to look after people in your community and to do what you can.

“I was very fortunate I had a great support network when I had cancer.  I want to be able to help other people who aren’t as fortunate as I am. If I can help just one person, then that’s a good thing; it’s a good feeling.”

Adele hopes that by sharing her story, she can inspire others to be part of Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea.

 “Even if you can’t be a host yourself, try and get along to one. A lot of local councils, community centres, and libraries run morning teas that are open to anyone. Get along to one, and if not, well then just have a cup of tea at home and make a donation!”

Adele’s top tips for fellow hosts

  • Get your invitations out early and send a follow up email two weeks prior. This helps you get an understanding of how many people you need to cater for.
  • Serve up a range of food options – making sure there are a few healthy items on the menu!
  • Ask local businesses to donate items for raffle prizes and lucky door prizes.
  • Have fun! Play games and decorate the space with Cancer Council’s official bunting.  
  • Share your why. “Last year I actually got up and told my breast cancer story,” said Adele. “It really personalised the morning tea, and it inspired people to donate.”