Even though I’ve been fortunate enough not to be touched by cancer personally, I’ve had countless friends who have been diagnosed and some who have passed away. My sister was diagnosed with cancer in 1988 and fortunately she’s had no problems since.
It was my sister’s diagnosis that made we want to start volunteering. In 2004, I started volunteering for Cancer Council ACT raising a few hundred dollars for my very first Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea. It all started with a few friends, a cuppa and a small raffle. The next year it doubled and over the years has continued to grow in size. In total we’ve raised over $40,000 so far for Cancer Council ACT.
We started out in my lounge room, moved to my garage and now we hold it in our 20 square metre shed! We hold raffles, bingo, silent auctions, noisy auctions, chocolate wheels and this year we’re expanding to hold a lunch as well as a morning tea.
I am very passionate about raising money for Cancer Council ACT, because there is a need for research and every dollar raised counts. I get such satisfaction out of it.
I enjoy seeing people come together and knowing that the majority of people I approach feel it’s such a worthy cause. I also love all of the new friendships I’ve made and that I’m able to catch up with old acquaintances that I only see once a year thanks to the morning tea.
I believe you have to show gratitude for the support I receive, so for the sponsors, I generate a certificate with amount raised thanking them for their generosity and a thank you note to all my helpers and of course attendees.
The gratitude and appreciation I get from my guests for hosting the fundraising events is enough to encourage me to do it again the following year. Of course, I couldn’t do it without my husband Stefan and my sister Joan’s support.