Top tips

How to make your morning tea a success

By hosting an Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea you’re taking the first important step towards making a difference in the fight against cancer.

Once you’ve planned your event and invited your guests, it’s time to turn your attention to encouraging your guests to donate as much as possible. With 1 in 2 Australians diagnosed with cancer by age 85, most of us will be impacted by cancer in our lifetime. This is a powerful motivation that so many people share, so don’t be afraid to ask for donations. To get you started here’s our nine top tips.

SET A DATE AND VENUE

Choose a date and location – anywhere is fine, just as long as there is tea! – work lunch room; lounge room; school yard or garden. The official date for Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea is 24th May, but if that doesn’t work for you, no worries, you can pick any date in May or June.

ASK FOR HELP

Running an event is easier if you have some helpers. Ask friends, family or colleagues to share the responsibility and of course the fun. Can someone bake, decorate or help spread the word for you?

SPREAD THE WORD

Share your fundraising page via Facebook and email, and ask your guests to do the same. Cancer affects everybody so you’d be amazed how supportive even strangers can be.

KICK START YOUR FUNDRAISING

Show you’re committed by making a contribution to your own fundraising page to get the ball rolling. Your guests will soon follow.

APPROACH YOUR EMPLOYER

If you are hosting at work, why not ask your employer if they can match what you raise.

HAVE A FLAT FEE

On the day, instead of asking for a gold coin donation have a fixed entry fee for your morning tea e.g. $5.

MAKE IT EASY TO DONATE

Place your donation box in a prominent location for all guests to see and access. In addition, set up a laptop or iPad with your fundraising page open so you can capture credit card donations from those who don’t have cash.

RAFFLE IT UP

Set up a raffle to run at your morning tea, sell tickets in advance as well as on the day. Reach out to employers and local businesses to help source donated or discounted prizes to use in your raffle. For guidance on how to canvass prizes and donations for your event, check out our downloads page.

BRING IT BACK TO THE CAUSE

Finally, don’t forget to remind your guests that by enjoying tea and treats, they’re making a real difference. Talk about why you support Cancer Council’s Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea, share a personal story and tell your guests why you got involved.