Big tea for cancer cause

May 27, 2022 BY

Sweet treat: The Support People served up morning tea while raising money for the Cancer Council last Thursday. Photo: JONATHON MAGRATH

HOT cuppas, fresh fruit and cakes were in abundance as The Support People held its second Biggest Morning Tea event last Thursday.

From 9am to 11am the disability support provider invited their clients and members of the community to the Kangaroo Flat Bowls Club to help raise money for the Cancer Council’s annual fundraiser.

“A lot of us have been personally touched by family members with cancer, we want to give back and donate to a worthy cause,” said Belinda Pickering, operations and client service manager at The Support People.

“We put on this event and invite everybody from the community, not just our clients and people we know, but we open it up to the whole community. It’s a really good social gathering.

“We have such a passion for putting on a fundraiser like this and dedicating the funds towards a worthy cause.”

At last year’s morning tea, The Support People raised $1500 and client service officer Andrea Hemming said this time around that amount was reached before the first cup of tea was even poured.

“Last year we’d only organised it in a two-week period,” she said. “This year we’ve had a little bit longer to organise, we already hit $1500 without what we’re taking in today as well.

“Everything is donated, the venue, the entertainment, all the food. It’s all about donations and we need to raise as much money as we possibly can.”

Ms Hemming the total raised for the Biggest Morning Tea was $3500.

The Support People provides services for 160 people with disabilities in Bendigo and Ballarat, providing assistance for community integration and independent living.