09 May 2019
The school bell will be replaced with sound of kettles boiling this June as the students from Stirling East Primary School gear up to host their ninth Australia’s Biggest Morning tea in support of Cancer Council SA.
The event, held every year throughout Week 6 of Term 2, sees every class in the school host a morning tea. Their celebrations culminate in a special event for the teachers hosted by the Student Leadership Group at the end of the week.
“We have a week in the year that’s Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea week and every class hosts a morning tea, brings in plates of food to share and gives a gold coin donation,” said Year 7 student Amelia Patrick.
“The teachers also have a morning tea as well and they’re expected to bring in a note!”
Year 7 student Gemma Burley says that hosting a morning tea this year has a very special meaning for the students.
“A member of our staff passed away from cancer last year and we think it’s important to support the event so that it doesn’t happen to more people,” she said.
Since they first started, the motivated students have raised more than $9,500 through their annual morning teas. This year, they are hoping to raise $1,000, taking their fundraising total to over $10,000 in nine years.
Year 7 student Ben Trezona said that he hopes that through hosting a morning tea, the students will be able to help future generations impacted by cancer.
“It’s a lot of fun and a really great cause because people dying to cancer and being diagnosed with it isn’t something that is ideal in any community. We should try and solve the problem.”
Year 6 / 7 Teacher Miss Annette Davis says that hosting an event each year is a really important way for the students to take an active role in supporting others.
“It’s such a worthy cause as cancer touches everyone and we really want to reinforce to our students that it’s important that they give back to the community.
“Every year, I see students go above and beyond to make a difference. One year, the Middle School dedicated their morning tea to two parents who had passed away. The same year, we had one student who collected cans for over a year and bought in over $500 as a donation. It’s those really special moments that make the event a highlight every year,” she said.
“We love the fact that the money goes directly to supporting families and helping people have a better chance of survival.”
This May, the students from Stirling East Primary School will join thousands of Australians across the country who will be hosting their morning tea, their way to support Cancer Council.
Since Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea began in 1994, millions of Australians have come together over a cuppa and a bite to eat in support of those affected by cancer. Last year alone, the simple act of generous participants hosting a morning tea raised $11.3 million nationally.
In 2019, the official day to host a morning tea is Thursday, 23 May, however participants can register to host at any time throughout May or June. By hosting or attending a morning tea anywhere in South Australia hosts will help Cancer Council fund life-saving cancer research, prevention, advocacy and support programs for people affected by cancer.
Cancer Council SA Chief Executive Lincoln Size says support from events like Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea makes a huge difference to the lives of South Australians impacted by cancer.
“We have some amazing, dedicated community supporters like Stirling East Primary School and their generosity enables us to continue our work in cancer research, prevention programs, advocacy and support services to ensure that every day, we are working towards a cancer free future.
“Cancer diagnosis rates are increasing, with one Australian diagnosed with cancer approximately every five minutes—the length of an average tea break. It’s vitally important that those affected can access suitable services when they are needed most.
“Cancer impacts people in every community. In South Australia alone, more than 10,000 people are diagnosed with cancer every year—that’s 27 South Australians every day. Through the support of our morning tea hosts, we are able to ensure that every minute, every hour, every day they don’t have to face their diagnosis alone,” he said.
Cancer Council SA offers all South Australians impacted by cancer support and information through services like Cancer Council 13 11 20 and the Cancer Council Lodges at Flinders and Greenhill.
This year, Cancer Council SA hopes to recruit over 3,500 generous morning tea hosts and raise over $1.2 million locally to help those affected by cancer in South Australia. All donations fund Cancer Council SA’s life-saving research, prevention programs, advocacy and support services.
To register to host your own morning tea, visit www.biggestmorningtea.com.au or call 1300 65 65 85.