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Tea-riffic time at Biggest Morning Tea

More than 100 Clarence Valley residents gathered at the Grafton District Services Club (GDSC) on May 20 to attend the Biggest Morning Tea in support of the Cancer Council.

Organised by the wonderful members of the Grafton VIEW Club, the Biggest Morning Tea is one of Australia’s largest fundraising events and also helps to raise awareness of the signs and symptoms of cancer and encourage people to have regular medical check-ups to reduce the impacts of the deadly disease.

As plates of delicious homemade cupcakes, chocolate slices and sandwiches were generously shared between tables and cups of tea and coffee were poured, attendees also spoke about their own experiences with cancer, and the devastation and heartache it has caused their friends and families.

“Everyone has been affected by cancer in some way,” said Kristy Essex, Marketing Manager for the GDSC.

“These events are our way of doing what we can to raise some much-needed money for the Cancer Council.

“It’s something we do every year at the GDSC and hats off to the Grafton VIEW Club for all the work they have done here.

“It’s a good partnership for us.”

Gloria Hunter from Grafton told the Clarence Valley Independent she attends the Biggest Morning Tea each year.

“It’s good to support these events because they raise money and awareness for a very worthy cause,” she explained.

“I’ll be attending the Biggest Morning Tea next year too.”

Secretary of the Grafton VIEW Club Helen Smith said it was wonderful to see so much community support for the Biggest Morning Tea last week.

“So many people who came have been or know someone who has been touched by cancer,” she said.

“By coming together and doing what we can to raise funds, we can help to make a difference.”

The Biggest Morning Tea also included live entertainment by Peter Johnston, raffles and a tombola with prizes generously donated by the Grafton VIEW Club.

Make sure you pick up a copy of next weeks Clarence Valley Independent when we reveal the full amount raised from the event.


  • 1 in 2 Australians will be diagnosed with cancer before the age of 85.
  • An estimated 145000 new cases of cancer will be diagnosed in Australia this year.
  • Cancer is a leading cause of death in Australia.