A break to fix cancer

Thursday 27 March, 2008
During your next morning tea break, one Victorian will hear the words ‘you have cancer'.

The Cancer Council Victoria's Community Relations and Fundraising Director, Ms Deb Stringer, said a Victorian is diagnosed with cancer every 22 minutes, around the length of an average coffee break.

"With Australia's Biggest Morning tea just around the corner, I'm hoping many Victorians will embrace this year's event on May 22 and use their morning tea break to help save lives," Ms Stringer said.

"Cancer is the leading cause of death in Australia so it is imperative that we persist in raising funds for research, continue to educate people on the steps they can take to reduce cancer as well as maintain our support programs for people affected."

"As a not-for-profit organisation, we depend on the generosity of our supporters to help make events such as Australia's Biggest Morning Tea successful. This year, I'm hoping those who haven't hosted an event before will be motivated to jump on board."

Now in its 15th year, Australia's Biggest Morning Tea is one of the Cancer Council's most popular events with nearly $9 million raised last year.

"I think the reason Australia's Biggest Morning Tea is so appealing is because it transforms a rather routine activity into a meaningful event that positively impacts the cancer fight."

"Offices, homes and schools are all favoured locations making Australia's Biggest Morning Tea a great excuse to catch up with friends, family or colleagues. While the official date is Thursday 22 May, events can be held anytime throughout May," Ms Stringer said.

All funds raised support the Cancer Council's lifesaving research, education and prevention programs and support services for people facing cancer. As little as $3 can pay to provide a person affected by cancer with important cancer information resources.

To register call 1300 65 65 85 or visit www.biggestmorningtea.com.au