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10 June, 2021

Cairns pours out the chari-tea

THE Cairns community has made a might-tea effort to help those suffering with cancer, raising more than $42,000 at 233 events throughout May for Cancer Council Queensland’s Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea.

By Tanya Murphy

Reverend Khani Hawthorne, Diane Harris and Ed Vignes attended a ‘Mad Hatter’ high tea at Tropics Restaurant at TAFE Cairns,

Cairns local Jan Alley said her dedicated group had all been affected by cancer in some way and that hosting a biggest morning tea was a great way to get friends together while raising funds for a good cause.

“The group and I are dedicated to hosting biggest morning teas to support a cause that is so close to all of our hearts,” she said.

“This year we hosted a wonderful lunch at Splash Seafood Restaurant – we’re very thankful for the support of the Splash team who provided a delicious menu on the day.

“Together we raised over $4,000 to support those in our community affected by cancer.”

Ms Alley’s group was among more than 19,500 hosts across the nation who held events held on or around the official fundraising day of Thursday May 27 to support Australians with cancer.

However, there is still time to host, attend or donate before June 30, and the Cancer Council needs Australia to host around 500 more morning teas to raise the goal amount of more than $7 million.

For information on how to host, attend or donate visit

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