16 May 2016
With two generations of breast cancer on both sides of the family, Melanie Jones is determined to raise funds through a pink Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea alongside friend Kym Webster, whose family have also been greatly affected by cancer.
Melanie and Kym, 35 year old mums from Adelaide’s Northern suburbs, will host their second Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea at the John McVeity Centre on Saturday 14 May.
Cancer hits home hard for both of these women, and has inspired them to host an event again this year.
Melanie’s aunty was diagnosed with breast cancer at 34, and lost her battle in 1999.
“It’s scary to think that she was my age,” Melanie said.
“I have also lost my maternal grandmother and another aunty to their battles with cancer, and another aunt that elected to have a mastectomy for these very reasons.
“We are currently under genetic family reviews.
Kym says she wants to make a difference after her family has suffered so much.
“I have a friend that is currently batting breast cancer which is very hard to see as a mum myself,” she said.
“I have also lost my paternal grandmother to breast cancer, a paternal grandpa to bone cancer, and a maternal pop who was riddled with skin cancers. On a lighter note, I have had an aunty fight cancer who is now living life to the fullest with the all-clear.
Melanie and Kym will host a ‘pretty in pink’, child-free ladies event, and are aiming to have more than 100 guests attend.
“We are hoping that we can supersede last year’s efforts,” Melanie said.
“We will provide many tasty morsels along with...a giant raffle, lucky squares, games like pin the cherry on the cupcake and guess the jelly bean, and pink mocktails.”
With an estimated 1 in 11 Australian women diagnosed with breast cancer by the age of 75, Melanie hopes to bring awareness to the cause and urges everyone to have a go at hosting their own biggest morning tea.
“It is time consuming for sure and as mums of young kids we have to juggle a bit around to get out there and ask local businesses for donations, but it is worth it when we see those who come along. So far they have been very kind in supporting us and have opened their purses very wide,” she said.
“You don’t have to go as big as we have this year. A simple gathering of friends is just as much fun. Every little bit helps.”
Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea is one of Cancer Council’s leading annual fundraising events. Now in its 23rd year, the official event date is Thursday, 26 May, and morning tea fundraisers can be hosted throughout May and June.
Cancer Council SA Chief Executive, Lincoln Size, said Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea is a great way for Australians to support Cancer Council.
“This May and June many people from across Australia will be getting together to share a cup of tea and support those affected by cancer. A morning tea is an ideal way to get family, friends, colleagues or even the community together for a good cause,” Mr Size said.
“I encourage everyone to get involved, whether it be hosting a morning tea, attending an event, making a donation or purchasing a piece of merchandise.
“Cancer Council SA is hoping to raise over $1.3million ($13.8m nationally) through 4,000 South Australian hosts.
“All funds raised through Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea help fund Cancer Council’s life-saving cancer research, prevention programs, and support services for cancer patients and their families.”