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  • Eliza’s Morning Tea Honours her Grandma’s Passion for Port Adelaide

    28 May 2019

    The football siren will be replaced with sound of kettles boiling this June at Alberton Oval for a very special Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea in support of Cancer Council SA. 

    Spearheaded by Cancer Council SA Ambassador Eliza Green, the event will be held before the Port Adelaide v Sturt SANFL Game on Saturday, 8 June. 

    For 21 year-old Eliza, her Morning Tea will be a way to honour a very special person in her life, her Grandma Helen, who passed away from bladder cancer three years ago. Eliza explains how she bravely faced, and ultimately lost her life to the disease. 

    “She was referred to a specialist after finding blood in her urine with an ultrasound confirming the worst—the blood was a result of a growth in her bladder. She underwent BCG treatment, however the cancer continued to spread, first to her ureter and then, following unsuccessful chemotherapy, into her bones. Sadly, she lost her life in 2016.”

    “Ever since she passed away, I vowed to make a difference to the lives of others impacted by cancer and raise funds to make sure that no family has to go through what we went through,” she said. 

    Eliza says her Grandma was an amazing person and a passionate Port and Magpies supporter, which is what makes this year’s Morning Tea so special. 

    “I went to every football game with her since I was a little girl and was even lucky enough to go to Melbourne to watch a couple of games, including the finals. I think that going to the football with her is one of my best memories.” 

    “I can’t think of a better way to honour her memory than to host an event at the club that she loved.” 

    The Morning Tea will be no small feat, with 300 guests expected to attend. Held from 12.30pm ahead of bounce down at 2.10pm, the event will feature a raffle, auction, guest speakers and special appearances from some of the Port Adelaide players. 

    The Port Adelaide Football Club will also be lending a hand on the day, allowing Eliza to enjoy the morning tea with her family and friends and remember her beloved Grandma. 

    “She would have loved this event, so it’s something that’s really special for our family. We’re hoping to raise over $6,000 which will go towards supporting all those South Australians impacted by cancer.”   

    “After Grandma passed away, Cancer Council SA was the first organisation that came to mind and I’ve been supporting them ever since. I love holding these events as it’s a chance for me to give back while having a great morning tea with family and friends. To know that the money I raise will make a small difference to someone else’s life means absolutely everything to me,” she said. 

    Eliza will join thousands of Australian’s across the country who will be hosting their morning tea, their way to support Cancer Council this May and June. 

    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 hosts like Eliza 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.  

    Event Details – Biggest High Tea @ Port Adelaide V Sturt 
    Date: Saturday, 8 June 2019
    Time: 12.30pm (Bouncedown at 2.10pm) 
    Location: Alberton Oval 
    Cost: $30, covers High Tea and entertainment. All profits raised will go towards Cancer Council SA.
    RSVP is essential; please confirm attendance by Friday, 31 May to lcrabb@pafc.com.au. 

    For more information visit the Facebook event here


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