A cup of tea for a good cause

Cancer’s had a significant impact on Anna’s life. She lost both of her parents to the disease – her father passed away from stomach cancer in 2005 and her mother from leukaemia in 2014.

A month after losing her dad, Anna decided to host an Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea. It’s been 14 years, and Anna’s once again hosting her morning tea at her workplace, to not only honour her family, but to give her colleagues a chance to support the people they know.

You hosted your first morning tea in 2005, how has it grown?

“In the early days it was just a gold coin donation so we raised about $100 to $200. These days I raise around up to $4,000 at each morning tea. Over 14 years I’ve raised over $37,000.” 

What would you say to someone who wanted to host a morning tea?

“Try to involve everyone. Organise catering, bring on a local business, ask staff to bring in food. People have different dietary requirements so try to cater for everyone.

“I found holding a raffle works. If you can get one major prize, you’ll get a few hundred dollars on top of your entry money.  Also, have a minimum charge.Back in the day the gold coin donation wasn’t raising much; making it $5 made a difference. My work also supports by matching donations.”

Why do you support Cancer Council?

“I lost my parents to cancer. I also like that Cancer Council supports all cancers. It’s a great feeling to help such a worthy cause and to know that I can make a difference. We all want a cancer-free future and there’s too many statistics out there that need to change.”