Mildura raises cup and $25,000 for cancer research

Monday 13 July, 2009

Mildura residents have raised an impressive $25,000 through Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea this year to support the 250 locals diagnosed with cancer each year.

Seventy six Mildura hosts stirred themselves into action and raised money for Cancer Council Victoria to fund life-saving cancer research, education programs and support programs.

Cancer Council Victoria spokesperson, Barbara Fernandez, said she was overwhelmed by the support shown by Mildura residents.

“Mildura’s continued support of Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea was integral to the Cancer Council’s continued work in fighting cancer,” Ms Fernandez said.

“Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea is one of Cancer Council’s leading fundraising events and without the support from communities like Mildura, we would not be able to achieve our fundraising target of $2 million - every dollar of which is vital to our work,” she said.

Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea has helped to fund Victoria-wide cancer control projects, which benefit the Mildura community directly.

In 2008 753 Mildura residents facing cancer utilised the Cancer Council’s Cancer Information and Support Service, which provides free information and support for anyone affected by cancer through services such as the Cancer Council Helpline (13 11 20).

“Small assistant grants to help local residents experiencing financial distress as a result of their cancer experience as well as the Cancer Connect Peer Support Program available to Mildura residents are more ways funds raised from Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea benefit the Mildura community directly,” Ms Fernandez said.

To find out more about how events like Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea help the Cancer Council to fight cancer, visit www.biggestmorningtea.com.au or call 1300 65 65 85.