Australia's Biggest Morning Tea

Host your way this May or June to support cancer research

MasterChef’s Tessa Boersma joins forces with Cancer Council for Australia's Biggest Morning Tea

Monday 3 May, 2021

MasterChef’s Tessa Boersma and Cancer Council have joined forces for this year’s Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea to help raise vital funds for cancer research and support services.

Former MasterChef contestant Tessa Boersma is Cancer Council’s 2021 Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea ambassador


Ms Boersma said the partnership was a recipe for success and encouraged others to join her in hosting an Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea.

In 2021, the official day to host a morning tea is Thursday 27 May, however participants can register to host at any time throughout May or June.

Ms Boersma said she had family and friends affected by cancer, and was grateful her loved ones had access to Cancer Council support services.

“Unfortunately like many other Australians I have watched close family members battle cancer. My mum has had skin cancers removed, my Auntie battled breast cancer and my Gran sadly died of lung cancer,” Ms Boersma said.

“Mum has had multiple melanomas removed in the last few years, which was a result of too much unprotected time in the sun when she was younger. Each time has been so scary for my family and the scars are constant reminders that life can be taken away so easily.”

Ms Boersma said supporting Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea was a natural fit for her given her love for food, and was excited to host her own event with friends and family.

“I love that this fundraiser gives the community a chance to connect with loved ones and that it gives me an excuse to cook up a storm for mine,” Ms Boersma said.

“I also felt that supporting Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea was an opportunity to give back and do something great for a not-for-profit that is close to my heart. I will be hosting a Biggest Morning Tea for some of my closest friends in June and am eager to share what I cook up to inspire other morning teas.”

By hosting or attending a morning tea anywhere in Australia, you will help Cancer Council continue its life-saving cancer research, prevention, advocacy and support programs for people affected by cancer.

Cancer Council Victoria’s Head of Fundraising and Communications Lyrian Fleming-Parsley said the community had supported Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea since 1994 and hoped to see Victorians come together again in 2021 to support people affected by cancer.  

“We have hosts across the state who have supported us for over 28 years. Their generosity means we can continue our work in cancer research, prevention programs, advocacy and support services,” she said.

“This year, participants are encouraged to host Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea their way – whether at home, with workmates, virtually or a gathering in a local community or school.”

More than 36,000 Victorians are diagnosed with cancer each year, while more than 138,000 Australians are diagnosed annually.

Cancer Council services help Australians affected by cancer, providing vital support when they need it most and making every stage of their cancer journey easier. Every minute, every hour, every day, Cancer Council is here to help those touched by cancer.

Make a cuppa for a cause this May. For more information and to register or donate, please visit or call 1300 65 65 85. For more information about Cancer Council Victoria, please visit or call 13 11 20 for information and support.