FROM LEFT: Noela Fleming, Amanda McIvor and Kelli Noy shared a cuppa for a cure last year. Kelli and Noela were awarded the prestigious title of highest Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea fundraisers in the central Queensland region for 2012, raising more than $8,200 for the fight against cancer.
FROM LEFT: Noela Fleming, Amanda McIvor and Kelli Noy shared a cuppa for a cure last year. Kelli and Noela were awarded the prestigious title of highest Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea fundraisers in the central Queensland region for 2012, raising more than $8,200 for the fight against cancer. Contributed

Tannum pair to celebrate 15th year holding cuppa for cancer

TANNUM Sands residents Kelli Noy and Noela Fleming are already busy at work planning their best event yet for Australia's Biggest Morning Tea.

For the past 15 years the ladies have tipped the balance in the fight against cancer by hosting a public sit-down morning tea and special takeaway morning tea for local businesses.

In 2012, Kelli and Noela were awarded the prestigious title of highest Australia's Biggest Morning Tea fundraisers in the Central Queensland region, raising more than $8,200 for the fight against cancer.

In total, the cancer crusaders have raised more than $18,000 for the fight against cancer and this year they hope to celebrate a very special Australia's Biggest Morning Tea and make it their biggest and best yet.

Not only is it the 20th anniversary of Cancer Council's Australia's Biggest Morning Tea, but it will also be the last time Kelli and Noela will hold their popular annual events.

"We know that what we do helps everyone get closer to a cancer free future, even if only in a small way and we've really enjoyed our time making a cuppa to make a difference," she said.

"We're already busy planning for our two events this May and we know we are going to go out with a bang - wouldn't have it any other way."

On Saturday, May 18 Kelli and Noela are hosting a high tea at Kalori Conference Centre with more than 120 people expected to attend to enjoy the beautiful location, delicious food, raffles and stalls while supporting a great cause.

On the official date, May 23, the ladies will take orders from local business for special takeaway morning tea.

"We make a delicious morning tea with sandwiches, jelly cakes, mud cake and fruitcake, and last year we sold almost 180 of them," Kelli said.

"We've already been busy at work today prepping more than 300 jelly cakes - we cook and make it all ourselves - and have a lot of fun in the process.

"It's always so heart-warming to see how much the Boyne/ Tannum Sands community supports our work in the fight against cancer and we are so proud of what we have achieved with their help."

The Kalori Conference Centre event will run from 2pm to 5pm on Monday, May 18.

Tickets cost $30 and bookings are preferred.  Secure your spot by calling 0427 738 346.

This May, thousands of morning teas will be held across Queensland as the Cancer Council celebrates 20 years of Australia's Biggest Morning Tea.

Cancer Council Queensland Regional Fundraising Coordinator Jessica O'Neill said every cup counts in the fight against cancer.

"Cancer Council Queensland has been making a real difference in the lives of Queenslanders affected by cancer, thanks to the generous support of people like Kelli and Noela and their communities," she said.

"Everyone loves an excuse to catch up with old friends over a cuppa and Australia's Biggest Morning Tea is the perfect opportunity to do just that.

"Whether it's a simple morning tea with workmates, a sophisticated high tea with friends or a school cake day, every Biggest Morning Tea will support the one in two Queenslanders who will be diagnosed with cancer by age 85."

All Queenslanders are invited to join the party and celebrate the 20th anniversary of Cancer Council's Australia's Biggest Morning Tea.

In 2013, Cancer Council Queensland hopes to attract more than 6700 morning tea hosts and raise more than $2.5 million from Australia's Biggest Morning Tea events held across the state.

All funds raised will support Cancer Council Queensland's work in cancer research, education and support programs.

Visit www.biggestmorningtea.com.au or call 1300 65 65 85 for more information.