HAVING A CUPPA: Glennis Williams, Michelle O’Gorman, Patricia Hughes and Jenny Winning.
HAVING A CUPPA: Glennis Williams, Michelle O’Gorman, Patricia Hughes and Jenny Winning. Paul Braven

Big turnout for Gladstone's Biggest Morning Tea

JUST 10 minutes in to the Gladstone Cancer Council's Australia's Biggest Morning Tea, the $100 raffle board had sold out.

More than 150 women and just two men filled the Ports Corporation Social Club on Thursday to raise money for cancer research.

There were 15 Gladstone volunteers up at 6am making sure the preparations had been done and fresh sandwiches had been made, ensuring a happy social occasion.

Cancer Council Queensland's Regional Fundraising Co-ordinator Jessica O'Neill said this was her third year hosting the event but 2015 was by far the largest turn out.

"Currently we've raised $450,000 so I'm confident that after today we will have reached the half a million mark," Ms O'Neill said.

"The funds go towards research, support and counselling, like our free accommodation program offered to those that need to fly to Brisbane for treatment."

Morning teas will be hosted across the entire month of May, bringing people together to socialise and talk about the issue.

Events co-ordinator Maureen Edwards said it was wonderful to see such support.

"Today we've been selling raffle tickets to go towards hampers, lucky door prizes and trivia has been on offer," Ms Edwards said.

"It's all about raising your cup to beat breast cancer."

The soothing voice of Ged Carter was heard throughout the morning.

The next major Cancer Council event is Pink Ribbon in October.

SPECIAL DAY: Rosemary Bryce, Ailsa Stitt and Carol Hartley enjoy morning tea.
SPECIAL DAY: Rosemary Bryce, Ailsa Stitt and Carol Hartley enjoy morning tea. Paul Braven

Birthday celebration special after two bouts with cancer

AMID the crowd of 150 at the Biggest Morning Tea, one woman stood out.

Rosemary Bryce was celebrating her 69th birthday with two close friends.

The women volunteer together for community organisation Quota, which helps disadvantaged women and families.

Ms Bryce said she had suffered through breast cancer twice, at different times in her life.

"There's not one person that doesn't know someone who has gone through cancer," she said.

"I've also had a friend, Lola, who I shared a birthday with, who has passed away from cancer."

Carol Hartley said her daughter had also gone through breast cancer at the age of 38.

"Today is all about doing our bit to raise money to eventually cure cancer."

DEADLY DISEASE:

  • Each year, nearly 21,000 Queenslanders are diagnosed with cancer and more than 7000 Queenslanders will die of the disease.
  • One in two Queensland men and one in two Queensland women will develop cancer in their lifetime (before the age of 85 years).
  • All women aged 50-69 years are encouraged to have a free mammogram every two years through BreastScreen Australia


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