The community and council members gathered together at the Nyngan Library to share a cup of tea and some delicious treats to mark the official day of Australias Biggest Morning Tea and help raise vital funds for Cancer Council NSW.
Now in its 25th year, Australias Biggest Morning Tea is one of Cancer Councils leading fundraising events and the largest, most successful event of its kind in Australia.
This year the morning tea was marked with a special celebration with Nyngans Bay Lovett being presented with her award as joint Senior Citizen of the Year.
The award was presented at the Biggest Morning Tea by Bogan Shire Mayor Ray Donald. Ms Lovett was unable to attend the presentation during Seniors Week when she and Annie Quarmby were both recognised with the special award for their contribution to the community.
Bay Lovett receiving her Senior Citizen of the Year award from Mayor Ray Donald.
Her nomination describes her as, “One of Nyngans Living Treasures Bay has a long history of volunteering her time and her home to help the community. She has been a foster carer for many years, led the Nyngan Girl Guides for 30 years, a long time member of the Nyngan CWA, and volunteers her time with Wrap With Love, Meals on Wheels, the Uniting Church, Baptist Church and the Nyngan Museum.
Since Australias Biggest Morning Tea began in 1994, Cancer Councils generous community supporters have raised more than $192 million by hosting morning teas.
Brianna Carracher, Communications and Events Coordinator at Cancer Council Western NSW office said every morning tea makes a difference.
“One Australian is diagnosed with cancer approximately every five minutes, the length of an average tea break. Today is all about making your cuppa count,” she said.
“Any locals unable to host a morning tea today can still get involved by hosting any time during May or June or attending any morning teas happening around the area.”
Ms Carracher said every amount raised, big or small, can go a long way.
“Fifteen dollars allows Cancer Council to provide easy-to-understand information on treatments, practical advice and emotional support to cancer patients and their families,” she said.
While May, 24 is the official date for Australias Biggest Morning Tea, registrations are still open to host for the remainder of the month and throughout June.
Those who want to host can register at biggestmorningtea.com.au or call 1300 65 65 85 to receive a free morning tea host kit.
Those unable to host a morning tea can still get involved by donating directly to Cancer Council via biggestmorningtea.com.au.