Brigitte’s been hosting an Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea at her work for a grand total of 11 years.
“I work at Latrobe University and our morning tea is always a collaborative effort,” she shared. “Each year I get a planning group together to share ideas and allocate tasks. There is no shortage of people that want to help. I think this is because it’s such a worthwhile cause.”
Brigitte has had family members, friends and colleagues who have been touched by cancer – that’s why she knows that the impact that cancer can have on a person and their loved ones, can be truly devastating.
“One of my dearest friends Meri has been impacted twice,” said Brigitte, “Meri’s mother passed away from ovarian cancer and she herself was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2016.”
“Because Meri’s cancer was caught early, she’s doing really well. Cancer Council supported her tremendously during her recovery; she particularly found value in the Healthy Living after Cancer program and Cancer Connect, which provided her with a lot of support post-treatment.
That’s why year after year Brigitte doesn’t hesitate to gather her workmates for an Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea.
“I’m in awe of the wonderful work that Cancer Council does when it comes to prevention and supporting patients through such a devastating time,” she explained. “Hosting a morning tea takes a bit of work, but it’s worth it. You know that in a small way, you’re helping so many people.”
“Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea also brings people together,” Brigitte said. “It’s a chance to remember those we’ve loved and lost and to honour the people who are currently going through treatment.”
Brigitte would like to say a heartfelt thanks to everyone who supports Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea.
“Some people support the event by attending the morning tea, others support it by helping plan and others by bringing something. It doesn’t matter how people contribute, I’m just so sincerely grateful to everyone. I hope that together we will be able to fund research, as it’s so important. If we are able to help one person, then we’ve achieved what we set out to do.”
BRIGITTE’S TIPS FOR FELLOW HOSTS
- Start early! Brigitte begins planning in March for a May event.
- Run a raffle and get local businesses to donate prizes.
- Accept all help that’s offered – many hands make light work!