Register early for Biggest Morning Tea
CANCER Council Queensland is calling on Queenslanders to register early to host an Australia's Biggest Morning Tea, aiming to raise $2.5 million for those affected by cancer.
Every day around 68 Queenslanders are diagnosed with the disease and, tragically, 21 Queenslanders will die of it.
Cancer Council Queensland spokesperson Katie Clift urged the community to get involved.
"Register to host Australia's Biggest Morning Tea today and show someone you care," Ms Clift said.
"Most of us know someone who has been affected by cancer. By hosting a morning tea in their honour, or their memory, you will be making a difference.
"Our aim is to raise $2.5 million towards beating cancer.
"To do this, we need the help of at least 5600 hosts."
Since it began in 1994, Australia's Biggest Morning Tea has raised $121 million dollars for cancer research, prevention, early detection, treatment, and support services.
"Australia's Biggest Morning Tea is a great way of getting people together for a good cause, enjoying great food accompanied by tea or coffee," Ms Clift said.
"For many of Queenslanders, Australia's Biggest Morning Tea is an opportunity to get involved in the fight against cancer.
"One in two will be affected by cancer in their lifetime, and almost all of us know someone who has experienced cancer."
Ms Clift said Australia's Biggest Morning Tea had contributed vital funding towards improving cancer survival in Queensland.
"The five-year relative survival rate for all cancers in Queensland has increased from 60 per cent in the 1990s to nearly 70 per cent today, with thanks to campaigns such as this.
"Australia's Biggest Morning Tea has also raised awareness, ensuring that Queenslanders reduce their cancer risks through healthy living and participation in screening programs.
"Equally importantly, it has enabled us to reach out and support those affected, through services such as 13 11 20 and cancer counselling."
Hosts receive a free kit with party ideas, recipes, and tips from celebrity chefs.
"Getting involved is easy. Simply register online via www.biggestmorningtea.com.au and invite your friends, family or workmates to put the kettle on and get together to help beat cancer," Ms Clift said.
"Register today and raise your cups in the fight against cancer!"
Australia's Biggest Morning Tea will take place on Thursday, May 28, but hosts can hold morning teas anytime throughout May or June.
For more information about Cancer Council Queensland visit www.cancerqld.org.au or call the Cancer Council 13 11 20.