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Julie McWilliams, Carole Morrison, Bev Thompson, Alan Thompson, Sonia Argana, Diana Starr, Janette Bond and Jean Meaney attended the Biggest Morning Tea at the Maclean Bowling Club last week to help raise funds for the Cancer Council. Image: Emma Pritchard.

Cuppas and cakes to help kick cancer

Emma Pritchard


More than 60 people attended the Biggest Morning Tea in Maclean to support the Cancer Council on June 9.

Every one of them has been affected by cancer.

Some have previously fought and won, a battle with cancer, others have sadly lost loved ones to the devastating and deadly disease, and some attendees have friends and relatives who are currently fighting for their lives.

Hosted by the Maclean Bowling Club in conjunction with the Maclean Senior Citizens Club, the Biggest Morning Tea is one of Australia’s largest and most popular fundraising events.

But it isn’t just about raising funds to help those impacted by cancer.

It’s about raising awareness of the signs and symptoms of the disease, encouraging more people to have regular medical examinations and also, engaging more people in conversations about cancer.

It’s certainly something Maclean Senior Citizens Club member Diana Starr would like to see happen.

After being diagnosed with cancer on three previous occasions, Mrs Starr said it was her confidence and determination in herself which helped her fight, and survive.

A regular attendee of the Biggest Morning Tea and long-term Cancer Council supporter, Mrs Starr said it’s important more people speak openly with one another about cancer, adding it could help to save a life.

“Cancer affects a lot of people and by talking about it, we help to raise awareness and create support,” she said.

“There wasn’t anyone here who didn’t know of someone affected by cancer.”

Mrs Starr said events like the Biggest Morning Tea are opportunities for the community to come together, to support one another and also support those in need.

President of the Maclean Senior Citizens Club Carole Morrison said the event raised $570 through raffle ticket sales and over $1000 via generous community donations on the day.

Another $200 was kindly donated by Maclean lady bowlers.
Since 2015, the Maclean Senior Citizens Club have helped to raise more than $5000 for the Cancer Council.

Treasurer Janette Bond said she was really happy with the amount raised last week.

“It’s such a great cause and we really appreciate all the help and support we received,” she said.

The Maclean Senior Citizens Club also wished to thank the Maclean Bowling Club and the Maclean Hot Bread and Cake Kitchen for generously donating an assortment of cakes, slices and bread for the Biggest Morning Tea.

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