When Sandra’s sister was just 15, she passed away from cancer. Ever since, Sandra knew she wanted to do something to honour her memory, and to help ensure no other family experienced what hers did.

“I wanted to help in some way; I wanted to help others. So I decided to host an Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea last year.”

Sandra hosted her tea in the comfort of her own home and invited some of her closest friends. “Everyone stays, they laugh.  It’s emotional, but at the same time enjoyable. A lot of my friends have had similar stories in their family, so we shared stories. I also make sure there are a few games to keep people entertained.”

Sandra will be hosting her morning tea again in 2018, and she’s keen to encourage others to get on board.

“Don’t be scared, just do it. Just think of how much you can help other families. Even if you can’t host one yourself, you can still help in other ways – you can make a donation. So I tell everyone, ‘Don’t think twice, just do it.’

“This year I’m actually hoping to make my morning tea even bigger than last year. I’m going to have more help from my friends, and instead of having just a select group of friends, I want to have it so that everyone can come. The more money I can raise, the more I can help others.”