DEW’s Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea event is on 28 May, however this year it’s going to look a little different, with the ground floor trading table making way for virtual coffee catch-ups and an online donation portal.
DEW’s long-time organiser of the annual Biggest Morning Tea ground floor trading table, Robyn Goold, has set up a donation page for staff on the Cancer Council website.
‘I have been with the department for 20 years and have been involved in hosting this event each year for most of that time,’ she said.
‘Normally I would raise funds by asking for donations of food and then host a trading table on the ground floor, however this year with COVID-19 it’s not possible.
‘Instead I would encourage everyone to make a donation via the donation portal I have set up on the Cancer Council of Australia website. Donations over $2 are tax deductible and every dollar raised will help fund Cancer Council’s research programs. So please make a donation, every little bit helps.’
Over the years the Biggest Morning Tea has provided an opportunity for staff to come together for a cuppa and a chat. It’s something that we probably took for granted at the time, but no more.
It’s why Robyn believes that it’s more important than ever before for staff to host an event this year.
‘Units could hold a virtual morning tea,’ she suggested.
‘It will help staff keep in touch with their colleagues as well as raise funds for an important cause at the same time. The official date for this event is 28 May, but you can hold a morning tea anytime in May or June.’
1-in-2 people in Australia will be diagnosed with cancer by the time they are 85. However, due to research into new treatments, the overall cancer survival rate has gone up from 49% in the 1980s to 69% today.