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Research funded by Christmas treats

Monday 14 December, 2020

Having a catch up with loved ones over tea and cake is a simple pleasure. But after the events of this year, coming together with friends and family in this way feels all the more special.

And now, you can share a memorable morning tea with friends and family while supporting vital cancer research.

Joanne’s Christmas Cakes and OzCey teas – two long-standing supporters of Cancer Council Victoria – have joined forces (and their fantastic recipes and blends!) to make an even bigger impact this Christmas.

Purchase a cake and tea Christmas gift pack for a loved one this Christmas!

You’ll be supporting two local businesses that are passionate about creating meaningful employment opportunities, all while supporting people facing cancer.

Browse the Christmas gift packs


Here’s some more about our fantastic supporters – Joanne’s Christmas Cakes and OzCey teas.

Joanne’s Christmas Cakes

Joanne loves to cook. Her passion for baking has been passed on by her mother and grandmother, along with the family recipe for their delicious boiled Christmas cake.

Eight years ago, this led to her own social enterprise, Joanne’s handmade traditional boiled Christmas cakes. Since that time, Joanne has generously donated all profits to Cancer Council Victoria for cancer research, which remarkably totals $162,000.

Business has been so good that Joanne now needs help and is working with genU, an Australian disability enterprise to do the cooking for her, helping to kick start the career of people living with a disability.

“It’s absolutely amazing what Joanne has achieved. Her generosity is matched only by her energy and dedication to helping others” said Todd Harper, CEO, Cancer Council Victoria.

Joanne’s incredible contribution has helped fund our Forgotten Cancers research program.

The program collects and studies data from more than 4,000 Australians diagnosed with less common and low-survival cancer types.

OzCey teas

OzCey Executive Director Naomi Nayagam and Cancer Council Victoria CEO Todd Harper

Tea enthusiast Naomi Nayagam has a strong family heritage within the tea industry and decided to make flavourful teas herself. She brings her own unique knowledge of blends and flavours – inspired by the places where she developed her love of tea.

OzCey lives and breathes generosity. From day one, the Melbourne-based business wanted to make sure they could give back to those in need and run a sustainable operation.

OzCey Executive Director Naomi is committed to sourcing teas ethically from factories that are Fairtrade certified – specifically supporting women and plantation workers in Sri Lanka.

On top of that, one dollar from every purchase of their beautiful blends is donated to Cancer Council Victoria.

To date, OzCey are proud to have helped fund a research project that’s working to help leukaemia patients safely restore their fertility – as many young men and women face infertility due to treatment.

Naomi is delighted to be supporting this research project as her family has been touched by cancer more than once.

“This is a personal journey for me, as both my precious mother (also my best friend) and grandmother (Dad’s mother) passed on due to this dreadful disease. They were both most positive and faced life's challenges with a smile” she said.

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